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November 17, 2009
The City of Toronto and partner organizations host The Designing Transit Cities Symposium November 19 -20
The Designing Transit Cities Symposium is a two-day event aimed at exploring a range of topics relating to city-building around transit with experts from successful international transit-oriented cities. Hear from international experts from Paris, Madrid, Zurich, Portland and San Francisco who have a strong track record in building cities where transit supports good development and vice versa. Experts include, Professor Robert Cervero from the University of California and Mariia Zimmerman, Vice President for Policy, Reconnecting America as well as local politicians, designers and transit experts who will tackle some challenging questions.

To kick off this symposium, media are invited to attend a public session panel discussion on the topic of City-building and Transit.

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Council Chambers

Introduction by Mayor David Miller. Panel discussion moderated by Matt Galloway (CBC Radio).

Robert Cervero, Professor of City Regional Planning: Director, University of California
Mariia Zimmerman, Vice President for Policy, Reconnecting America, Washington D.C.

Local panelists:
Paul Bedford, Metrolinx board member and former City of Toronto Chief Planner
Deborah Cowen, Professor at University of Toronto
Adam Giambrone, Councillor and TTC Chair
Ralph Giannone, Principal Architect, Giannone Petricone Associates
Cynthia Wilkey, Chair, West Don Lands Committee

A complete itinerary and information is available here:

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-3496,



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