Webinars aim to spark downtown walkability and food market discussions

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The Downtown Partnership and Colorado Springs Urban Intervention will host two webinars on walkable neighborhoods and public food markets at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media Thursday.

The first webinar explores how Buena Vista intentionally built a walkable community, connecting residential development with workplaces and schools, as well as the arts and outdoor recreation.

The second explores how New Haven, Conn., known as the culinary capital of the state, brought in local food markets to resolve its issues as a “food desert” with only one grocery store.

Both webinars will discuss hot topics related to generating a downtown renaissance.

“It was really more serendipity than anything else,” said John Olson, co-founder of Urban Intervention. “I’d already registered for the walkability webinar when the downtown partnership called about the food desert.”

The organizations decided to team up and offer the two webinars together.

There will be about 30 minutes after the second webinar for a community discussion, Olson said.


If you go:

What: Webinars

Where: Tim Gill Center for Public Media

315 E. Costilla Street

When: noon to 2 p.m.