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Gunnar Hand to Speak at APA California Conference on High-Speed Rail Transit-Oriented Development

SOM Associate Gunnar Hand is one of several distinguished guests invited to participate on a panel at the American Planning Association’s California Conference in Pasadena on Monday October 24th. Titled "High-Speed Rail Station Plans: Not Your Mother’s TOD," the panel will frame the nascent conversation about how High-Speed Rail (HSR) fits into the traditional North American understanding of transit-oriented development (TOD).

Hand, who is City Design Practice lead for SOM's Los Angeles office, will leverage SOM's experience in developing the HSR Station Area Plan for Downtown Bakersfield. With the cascading impact of HSR on the transportation hierarchy, maintaining focus on the pedestrian experience is paramount as the center of the region shifts and revitalization of Bakersfield’s historic core accelerates. Hand will define the four components of a successful TOD: connectivity, density, diversity and design, and how these can create a regenerative impact on the region’s health and well-being.

High-Speed Rail Station Plans: Not Your Mother’s TOD

October 24, 2016
9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

American Planning Association’s California Conference
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, California

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