Knaap Webinar on the Purple Line Corridor Coalition

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and
the National Center for Smart Growth’s 2013 Brown Bag Webinar Series continues with

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition

Presentation by Gerrit-Jan Knaap National Center for Smart Growth

Wednesday, October 30
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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Preinkert Field House - Conference Room 1112V
University of Maryland College Park

The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light rail line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County (MD) to New Carrollton in Prince George's County (MD). In this brown bag presentation, NCSG executive director Gerrit Knaap will introduced the recently organized Purple Line Corridor Coalition, formed to maximize the economic, social, and environmental benefits of this significant investment. More specifically, Knaap described why maximizing the benefits of light rail investments requires a corridor wide approach, drawing insights from experiences in Denver, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The presentation also included the results of a preliminary analysis of current conditions in the Purple Line corridor.
Gerrit-Jan Knaap is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland. Knaap earned his B.S. from Willamette University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics. He currently serves on the State of Maryland’s Smart Growth Subcabinet and Sustainable Growth Commission.