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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Planning expert to speak at Ka`ahumanu Avenue Community Corridor Virtual Town Hall on March 31

Jeff Speck, international expert in planning walkable, bikable communities, will be the featured speaker during a Kaahumanu Community Corridor Virtual Town Hall meeting slated for 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 31. Visit www.kaahumanucommunitycorridor.org to register.

Participants will also hear findings of the first round of community input from more than 1,000 Maui residents who shared their suggestions for the Ka`ahumanu Avenue Community Corridor study. Those in the Virtual Town Hall will be invited to share their ideas through live polling, small group discussions and question-and-answer sessions.

Mr. Speck will speak about ways to create a safer, more affordable and accessible community in Central Maui. “My mission is to make communities as walkable as possible,” said Mr. Speck. “Maui residents may want to return to a time when island towns like Lahaina, Wailuku and Paia had a more robust mix of homes, businesses, shops, and cultural activities, and car ownership was optional.”

Mr. Speck has long been an advocate of walkable cities and has developed plans in several American communities, big and small. He has written or co-authored several books on community planning, including “Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places.” He is the principal of the urban design and consultancy firm Speck & Associates in Brookline, Mass.

The Kaahumanu Avenue Community Corridor study is led by the Maui County Department of Planning with support from a project team including the County Departments of Transportation, Parks & Recreation, Housing & Human Concerns, Public Works, the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization and the State Department of Transportation. The project is funded by a grant from the Hawaii State Legislature with Maui County matching funds.

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