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November 9, 1998
"Distinctive" Waterfront Conference Coming to Toronto
A conference on waterfront planning, development and culture rides the wave
into town, November 12 to 14.

Developing Distinctiveness: Beyond Fads, Formulas and Quick Fixes is the theme
of the Waterfront Center's 16th annual international conference. This is the
first year that the Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit organization has
brought the conference to Toronto. Expected to attract an estimated 350
delegates from all parts of North America and overseas, it is being held at The
Royal York Hotel. The City of Toronto's Urban Planning and Development Services
Department is one of the conference's five local hosts.

Underscoring the notion that each community is unique, the conference program
features 38 speakers and panelists. They come from a wide spectrum of
destinations and city size, both within North America and from abroad, for
example, Oslo, Norway, London, England and Wellington, New Zealand. Topics
range from new "urban entertainment districts" to different design treatments
of the water's edge and a look at environmental education techniques.

Preceding the actual conference is an optional all-day workshop entitled
Showcasing the Toronto Waterfront on November 12. It will feature
presentations, including one from Paul Bedford, Executive Director and Chief
Planner in Urban Planning and Development's City Planning Division. Guided
walking and bus tours of the central waterfront and adjoining lakefront areas
are also part of the program.

Media Contact
Elyse Parker
Senior Planner
(416) 392-0069

Catherine Pitt
(416) 392-7344



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