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Cities for All Ages Presentation by Don Weden

June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Aging and Urbanization Are Reshaping Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County is experiencing some of the most dramatic changes it has seen since the 1960s, when the predominantly agricultural “Valley of Heart’s Delight” was rapidly replaced by the development of the suburban, automobile-dependent, high tech “Silicon Valley.”

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Two of the major forces driving these changes are:

1. The aging of our population, as the Baby Boomers continue to enter their senior years
-By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomers will have turned 65, and 1/4 of our county’s adult population will be over 65 – with many of them becoming non-drivers

2. The “urbanization” of the northern Santa Clara Valley, from San Jose northward
-New development becoming denser, taller, and larger

We’re Becoming a Hybrid Urban/Suburban Place
Because of these and other factors, the northern Santa Clara Valley will inevitably become a more urban place.

More accurately, it will become a hybrid urban/suburban place – “Santa Clara County 3.0” – with islands of density rising in various locations within the predominantly suburban landscape.

Opportunity to Create Cities for All Ages
While this change may be alarming to some long-time, suburban residents, it provides the opportunity – and also the necessity – to make the Valley less automobile-dependent and more age-friendly, for people of all ages.

Changes, Challenges and Choices
Join us as Don Weden shares his wisdom and insights in an informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining presentation about the changes, challenges, and choices that lie ahead as we evolve into Santa Clara County, version 3.0.

A dinner will be provided to all participants at the beginning of the event starting at 6:00pm, program will begin promptly at 6:30pm and will last about 90 minutes. Thanks to the City of Santa Clara for hosting us for this event. Space is limited, so please RSVP early to ensure a spot.

To get to the library using public transit: VTA bus lines 57, 58, 81 330 are all within a half mile walk of the library.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be live streamed and available on-demand in the future.

Monthly Meetings

Although meetings of specific importance will be added individually to the calendar, these monthly meetings may be of interest on an ongoing basis:

Housing, Land Use, Environment, and Transportation (HLUET) Committee – Typically meets at 10am on the third Thursday each month. As a regular agenda item, the County Office of Supportive Housing presents its monthly system data report at these meetings. For details, select HLUET Committee in the drop-down menu in the left sidebar on the County of Santa Clara website.

Housing and Community Development Commission – Typically meets at 5:45pm on the second Thursday of each month. For details, see the Commission calendar on the City of San Jose website.