The Capital District Regional Planning Commission will celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary with a Speaker Series at the University Club of Albany. “CDRPC@50″ kicks off on Friday, June 23 with a luncheon, book signing and presentation by Gene Bunnell, author of Transforming Providence: Rebirth of a Post Industrial City.
The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the June 23 luncheon are required by Wednesday, June 21 and may be made online, by calling Donna Reinhart at 518-453-0850 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Bunnell is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Geography and Planning at the University at Albany. In a talk titled “Hoping for an Albany Turnaround? What Albany Can Learn from Providence’s Experience,” he will describe the many positive changes that have been brought about in Providence in recent years, and explain the important lessons people in Albany can learn from Providence’s experience. Dr. Bunnell will compare Albany and Providence, as both are historic cities located on rivers, and are also the capitals of their respective states. Both saw their urban fabric torn apart and their appeal as places to live undermined by Interstate Highways, and both experienced major population loss in the 1970s and 1980s.