Locally and nationally, communities are facing new challenges that drive our transportation investment choices. Forces such as the aging baby boomer generation, the rising obesity rate and fewer young people getting drivers licenses are increasing demand for public transit options while shrinking budgets and deteriorating roadways are limiting our resources to deal with issues like these.

The Spokane Regional Health District is partnering with the Inland Empire chapter of the American Planning Association for a symposium to discuss how to address our issues and what other communities are doing to proactively address their problems.

Andrew Dannenberg, Co-editor of “Making Healthy Places: Desinging and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability” will discuss how transportation planning impacts the health of our communities. Chris Comeau, with the City of Bellingham, will about talk multimodeal transportation levels of service and Bob Bengfor of MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design will share strategies for using transportation infrastructure for place making. There will also be several other professionals speaking on a variety of topics.

If you’re interested in attending this symposium on September 12, here is more information and how to register.

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