Will Crooks

Following a presentation on what the I-45 freeway expansion means for Houston, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck will be in conversation with Kinder Institute Director Bill Fulton.


This event is SOLD OUT and will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Guests who have rsvp’d will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, an rsvp does not guarantee seating. For free events, additional rsvp’s are generally accepted than there are available seats due to the percentage of no-shows. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Copies of Jeff Speck's books, "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time" and “Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places,” will be sold on-site. A book signing will follow the event.


6:15 p.m. | Registration & Light Bites
7:00 p.m. | Program
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Book Signing

About Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Speck spent ten years as director of town planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.

With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Speck is the co-author of “The Smart-Growth Manual” and the modern classic “Suburban Nation,” which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His latest book, “Walkable City” – which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – was the best-selling city-planning book of 2013-16. His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than 3 million times.

About Urban Reads

The Kinder Institute's Urban Reads series showcases recently published works by local and national authors.

This program is generously underwritten by Laura and Tom Bacon and eligible for 1.5 CM credits from the American Planning Association.