Cleveland to Discuss How Car Centricity Degrades Urban Life

Announcement of sorts: a national speaker on the topic of transportation and cities is coming to Cleveland on May 9th (Bike Month) and Rust Wire is helping spread the word.

The event, to be held at the City Club on May 9th, will feature Mark Gorton and a panel of local decision makers.

Mark Gorton is the founder of Openplans, a group of New York City-based nonprofits that are using technology to help solve the problems facing American cities. The Openplans group of organizations includes Streetsblog, Streetfilms, and OpenGeo, a leader in real time transit data applications.

Mark has a background in technology as the founder of Limewire. He is also the founder of a global quantitative trading firm that last week inspired the Huffington Post headline “The Man That’s Beating Wall Street.”

He is a board member at Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s bike advocacy group, which has helped establish New York as a national leader in cycling.

Mark’s talk will focus on the problems that can arise from having a transportation system that is overly reliant on automobile travel, especially in urban environments.

So far our confirmed local panelists include (my personal hero) Jason Segedy, director of the Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study (AMATS) and chair of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, as well as esteemed City Councilman Matt Zone,

a local leader in sustainability.

This is a long overdue discussion and something we hope will be fruitful. We hope to see some of our readers there.

To make reservations (note: there is a $15 charge) visit the City Club website.

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