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Smart solutions for young and old in Walnut Creek

On Thursday, April 25, Greenbelt Alliance, Downtown Walnut Creek, and John Muir Health co-hosted Better Cities, Better Future—a fantastic evening with guest speaker Don Weden at the Walnut Creek Library.

Since his retirement in 2003, Don—the former Principal Planner for Santa Clara County—has served as a community advisor and educator, helping communities across the Bay Area prepare for changes that will impact our lives and those of future generations.

At the event, Don spoke about the challenges our cities and towns face in meeting the needs of our growing senior population and how to remain economically attractive to a younger workforce. He also made a compelling case for the role that well-planned development can play in tackling these challenges by making certain parts of our communities more “livable, urban, and green.”

These ideas make sense for many places around the Bay Area, including Walnut Creek, where the city is preparing a long-term plan for “West Downtown.”

Interested in exploring how to put these ideas into action? Check out this panel discussion hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and others:

What: Planning for an Inclusive Walnut Creek: The West Downtown Specific Plan
Tuesday, May 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

If you have any questions or would like to get involved in our work in Walnut Creek, email Matt Vander Sluis.

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