DETROIT—Erique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, is hailed as a transportation and urban issues visionary of his time. During his mayorship between 1998 and 2001, he revolutionized the city’s design by promoting a transit model that gives priority to children and public spaces, restricts private car use and by building hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian streets, greenways and parks. His work has been featured in several mediums including TED Talks and the popular documentary, Urbanized.

It couldn’t be a better time for him to bring his message about sustainability and mobility in urban areas to Detroit.

At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, join Peñalosa and other movers and shakers in Detroit’s transportation space for "ASSEMBLE@The Max: Max: Transit & The Equitable City" in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Sue Mosey of Midtown Inc., Todd Scott of Detroit Greenways, Andy Didorosi of The Detroit Bus Company and Packard Plant Developer Fernando Palazuelo.

The panel will focus on the impact of the M-1 Rail project on mobilization in the city of Detroit and broader issues surrounding sustainability and equity in urban development.

Tickets are available online at dso.org/mix for between $1 and $50, ASSEMBLE’s unique, “pay what you want” pricing model, to ensure anyone who wants to attend can do so, regardless of means.

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