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Jeff Speck to address Real Estate Forum

One of the nation’s leading experts on transit-oriented developments and walkability will be the keynote speaker at the chamber’s third annual Regional Real Estate Forum, happening Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Needham Sheraton.

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. He leads Speck & Associates, a Brookline-based private consultancy offering design and advisory services to North American municipalities and the real-estate development industry.

Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. His talk will focus on transit-oriented development and, by way of example, will introduce a vision that aims to transform the Washington Street corridor in Newton.

As director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, Speck oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. His recent book, “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time,” is exerting a profound impact on the design of communities nationwide.

Recent work of Speck & Associates includes downtown master plans, waterfront visions, urban and suburban infill plans, transit-oriented designs, street plans, and walkability studies for communities including Lowell, Massachusetts; Memphis, Tennessee; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Regional Real Estate Forum will also include a panel of area real estate developers, moderated by Catherine Carlock. Real Estate Editor at the Boston Business Journal will moderate the panel discussion.

Networking and a cocktail reception will follow.

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Third Annual Regional Real Estate Forum returns to the Needham Sheraton on Sept. 12 from 4-7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at


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