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Balancing Change In America's Suburbs

Following the success of our collaborative conferences held in 2011 and 2014, the Montgomery County Planning Department and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland are pleased to announce the 2016 conference held from Wednesday evening, May 4, through Friday, May 6, 2016 in College Park and Silver Spring, Maryland, two rejuvenated suburbs of Washington, DC. Presentations will focus on three themes:

  • Beyond Transit-Oriented Development
  • The Sharing Economy
  • Equity and Opportunity in the Suburbs.

Agenda coming soon!

Registration will be open on March 1, 2016.

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Consider a presentation that addresses one of our three conference themes:

Beyond Transit-Oriented Development

  • Transforming communities without transit into walkable, better connected places.
  • Promoting multi-modal, “complete” street designs.
  • Developing land use strategies to promote pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use districts.
  • Creating thriving communities all around metropolitan areas.

The Sharing Economy

  • Facilitating co-housing to provide affordable housing and housing for seniors.
  • Establishing community gardens and urban/suburban agriculture in public spaces.
  • Using ride-sharing and Uber to solve transportation challenges.
  • Co-locating public facilities to share resources and amenities.
  • Creating worker-owned cooperatives.

Equity and Opportunity in the Suburbs

  • Striking the balance between redevelopment and displacement.
  • Determining how the physical environment affects social and economic well-being.
  • Weighing the effects of new development on schools and infrastructure.
  • Achieving affordable housing in gentrifying areas.
  • Maintaining locally owned and community centered businesses.

Questions? View the list of frequently asked questions or contact Jason Sartori at


The conference hosts would like to thank the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland for being major sponsors of MM3. Interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Jason Sartori.

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