Congestion, unaffordable housing, and restrictions on property
rights increasingly threaten the American Dream of mobility and
homeownership. This conference will bring together dozens of experts
with scores of professionals and activists working to protect
freedom, mobility, and livability in their home cities and regions.
The conference will help you effectively oppose rail transit
boondoggles, high-density urban zoning, restrictions on rural
property rights, and other so-called "smart-growth"
policies. The conference also aspires to start a new national
movement aimed at Preserving the American Dream of mobility
Sunday, February 23
9:00 am-4:00 pm: Optional Tour of Kentlands, MD, and Other Examples of New Urbanism
This optional tour will present some of the the positive and negative aspects of
New Urbanism and smart growth in the Washington, DC, area. An additional fee for
transportation and a box lunch will be announced as soon as possible.
5:00-7:00 pm: Registration and Reception
7:00-9:00 pm: The Great Debate: Are New Urbanism and Smart Growth Compatible with the American Dream?
The debate will feature:
Sessions on Monday morning, Monday afternoon, and Tuesday morning will begin with five main speakers before the full group, followed by five workshops each featuring one of the main speakers plus up to three additional speakers.
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Lunch from Noon to 1:30
Tuesday afternoon will begin with roundtable discussions on five different topics and will end in time for people to catch late afternoon flights home.
Bold face indicates confirmed speakers; other speakers have been invited but are not yet confirmed.
Registrations will be accepted after February 19 in the event of cancellations.
We want to express our appreciation to the following co-sponsors of Preserving the American Dream:
Thanks also to the Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust
and the Sarah Scaife Foundation for making the conference possible.
We are seeking additional co-sponsors to help pay the expenses
of many of the expert speakers we have invited to the conference.
If you know of any organization that might be willing to sponsor
a speaker, please email Randal O'Toole.
The conference will be held at the Wyndham City Center Hotel,
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037. This is an
excellent facility located within walking distance of the Farragut
North and Dupont Circle Metro stations. Please call 1-800-WYNDHAM
(800-996-3426) to make reservations at special "Preserving the
American Dream" conference rates.
Conference rates are $150 per night (plus tax) for either singles or doubles, so you
can save money by sharing a room. These rates are also available
three nights before and after the conference if you want to arrive
early or stay late. Reservations must be made by January 24 2003 to qualify
for this rate. Be sure to mention you are attending the "Thoreau Preserving the
American Dream" conference.
If you stay at the hotel, we recommend you sign up for Wyndham
By-Request. This will provide you with, among other things,
free high-speed internet access during your stay.
The conference has been scheduled to allow a Sunday arrival
and a Tuesday evening departure to most destinations. If you wish
to arrive sooner or stay longer, there is plenty to do in Washington,
including visiting the Smithsonian, lobbying your Congressional
delegation, or collecting data at the Department of Transportation
Washington is conveniently served by three airports: National,
Dulles, and Baltimore-Washington (BWI). National is the most convenient,
but BWI is often less expensive, so you may wish to check airfares
for all three airports. National is directly served by Washington's
$12.5 billion Metro rail system. Bus transit from BWI and Dulles
provides a direct connection to Metro rail stations with bus service
every 40 to 60 minutes. BWI and Dulles also have airporters that
are faster and more frequent. Amtrak also has many trains to Washington
and the beautiful Washington rail station is also served by Metro
(The irony of providing rail transit information for a conference
of people who question the efficiency of rail transit is not lost
on us! Washington's Metro rail service is very convenient for
tourists. But as noted by conference speaker
Cox, the Washington area's transit worktrip market share has
declined by 18 percent and per capita transit rides have declined
by 10 percent in the last decade, so rail is no panacea.)
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optional tour on Sunday (anticipated cost no more than $30).
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Cancellation policy: Full refunds provided for cancellations
before January 24, 2003; 50 percent refunds for cancellations
between January 24 and February 17. No refunds after February