Exploring Development – Placemaking and Community Engagement
By Robert Haugh
I’ve recently written a couple columns about Santa Clara’s need for more entertainment. This month, we’ll have a few interesting events in our city about development and “placemaking.” Let’s hope the experts and the community identify some great opportunities that also include entertainment for Santa Clarans.
Here are some noteworthy events to attend or watch online. The events will be live-streamed via Facebook by both HosamTalks and Win6. But, of course, you should attend if possible. The first one is tonight.
Change, Growth & Planning: Envisioning Santa Clara County 3.0 Land Use Workshop – with Don Weden
March 14th – 5 to 7 p.m.
Don Weden is a retired senior planner for the County of Santa Clara. He’ll discuss our local aging population and how we prepare for a future where seniors and others won’t be able to drive much in a community built around the automobile. He’ll present strategies for Santa Clara County on the environment and on sustainability.
Placemaking as a Focus
March 24th – 6 to 8 p.m.
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) will introduce themselves to our community. Internationally recognized place making expert and co-founder of the PPS, Fred Kent, will be the speaker. PPS has been engaged by the City to evaluate opportunities throughout Santa Clara to create or revitalize public spaces.
March 25th – 9 to 11 a.m.
Santa Clara Senior Center
PPS will lead and facilitate a hands-on workshop on the BAREC/Win6 development that The Core Companies hope to build at 90 North Winchester Blvd., near Santana Row. Local businessman and community leader Kirk Vartan of Win6 has pushed for an “agrihood” on this site for years.