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Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM

A free lecture presented by the Bend Chamber and brought to you by Building a Better Bend.

Charles Marohn, professional engineer and founder of the Strong Towns movement, lifts the
curtain on America’s transportation system in his newest book, Confessions of a Recovering
Engineer. In this book tour presentation, Marohn demonstrates how the values of engineers and other
transportation professionals are applied in the design process, and how those priorities differ from the
values of the general public. By showing how transportation investments are a means to an end and
not an end unto themselves, Marohn reveals how the standard approach to issues like fighting
congestion, addressing speeding, and designing intersections only makes transportation problems
worse, at great cost in terms of both safety and resources. By contrast, the Strong Towns approach to
transportation focuses on bottom-up techniques for spending less and getting higher returns, all
while improving quality of life for residents of a community.

Charles Marohn, known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues, is the founder and president of
Strong Towns. He is a professional engineer and a land use planner with decades of experience.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning,
both from the University of Minnesota.

Marohn is the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity
(Wiley, 2019). He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’
web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across
North America. Planetizen named him one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.
He has a new book coming out this September titled Confessions of a Recovering Engineer:
Transportation for a Strong Town, where he pulls back the curtain on the North American
transportation system.

Attendance is free to the public but pre-registration is required:

PLEASE NOTE: ​The Tower Theatre requires proof of full vaccination for entry to all events. Those not fully vaccinated ages 12 and up must show proof of a negative result from an approved COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. “Fully vaccinated” means receiving the final vaccination dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days before the event date. All patrons need to provide this information as a condition of entry. Based on Oregon mandates, mask wearing is also required inside the venue by everyone 5 and up, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information, visit ​The Tower Theatre website.

Phone: (541) 408-7043
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