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54th International Making Cities Livable Conference on Public Places for Community, Democracy, Health & Equity
October 2, 2017 - October 6, 2017
This year’s conference theme of “Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health and Equity” is one that Santa Fe relates to strongly. As you may know from previous visits, we preserve, protect and produce our public spaces with those principles in mind. We’ve been recognized by the American Planning Association, who named the Santa Fe Railyard as one of the Great Places In America, and last December we were named one of three finalists in the world for the National Geographic World Legacy Awards in the Sense Of Place category.
Your continued visits to us also reaffirm our commitment as a livable, sustainable city with treasured community places and other features of “True Urbanism” as you define it. For example, in addition to preserving the long and low architectural style that protects our mountain views, Santa Fe provides free transit through the Santa Fe Pick-Up service. In addition to our Green Lodging initiative, over the last dozen years the city has added 19 miles of paved, off-road hike/bike trails and another 12 miles of designated bike routes—in part leading to a Silver Ride Level Destination award from the International Mountain Biking Association. Currently we work to unify the entire trail system around the city.
From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers markets, and community festivals, and from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, we share our values with you. Santa Fe is also full of public art, but also an artwork itself, and is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds, and everyone else who comes down the trail to see us.