August 20, 2009

Lessons from Chicago's Last Boom

CHICAGO — The City of Chicago experienced unprecedented residential building in the 1990s and early 2000s, along with a rash of residential teardowns. Hear from two former city of Chicago planners about lessons learned from that building boom at the next Tuesdays at APA forum on August 25, 2009.

Tom Smith and Mary Fishman will discuss lessons learned from that period of building. The speakers will address positive trends such as:

  • reuse of older commercial and industrial buildings for housing
  • redevelopment of abandoned industrial land
  • infill in established residential neighborhoods

Smith and Fishman also will describe some of the public policies developed in response to the housing boom.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 5–6 p.m.
APA's Burnham Conference Center, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
The event is free and open to the public.

Tom Smith is a consultant with Duncan Associates in Chicago. He previously worked for the City of Chicago holding positions of zoning administrator and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.

Mary Fishman is principal of Fishman Studio where her work includes urban design and development negotiation, and housing consultation. Previously she worked for Chicago's Landmarks Commission and the Department of Planning and Development.

Tuesdays at APA is a monthly after-work lecture and discussion series. Each month, practicing planners and researchers discuss the latest ideas, concepts and research in the planning field. For upcoming events, visit or call 312-431-9100. The next Tuesdays at APA event will be September 22, 2009, exploring how a Detroit neighborhood is addressing 4,000 surplus lots. Podcasts of previous events are available through iTunes.


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