Technology and Society Committee luncheon meeting
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hangen Szechuan Restaurant (second floor)
134 Castro St., Mountain View
Lunch (good Chinese, family-style) is optional, for about $12.
Bruce Liedstrand, a former City Manager of Mountain View, is the founder of Common Sense Community Design (visit commonsensecommunitydesign.org), a Mountain View based training resource to help improve the livability of cities. His recent op-ed piece in the Mercury News urged the Mountain View City Council to include residential development as an option when studying how to cope with transportation issues in a rapidly expanding North Bayshore area.
Bruce will lead attendees in a roundtable discussion on the premise that the community infrastructure platform that supports Silicon Valley businesses is out of date and needs a substantial upgrade. Issues to be discussed include how outdated development patterns (suburban sprawl, auto dependency) combined with increased density of office development have overloaded the suburban system, leading to high home prices, long commutes and traffic congestion. This makes the key business supply line of employees getting to work vulnerable to disruption. Also, work, the workplace and the relationship between work and the rest of life are changing. Instead of a conventional single-family suburban home, many young people want to live in a vibrant compact neighborhood where they can enjoy life with their friends, and where a car is an option, not a requirement.
In addition to discussing issues and ideas for the future (transit oriented development, networked transportation systems, integrated public/private decision-making, etc.), we will look at the role technology currently plays and might play in the future.