Village of Peoria Heights, IL



Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn will take part in a series of events in in the Village of Peoria Heights, IL.

9:00 - 9:45am: Groundbreaking Ceremony


4617 N. Prospect Road
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Chuck Marohn will attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Atrium Hotel.

10:30am - 12:00pm: Panel Discussion #1


Trailside Event Center

Trefzger Building
4416 N Prospect Rd
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Chuck Marohn will participate in a panel discussion entitled “The Power of Growing Incrementally.” Other participants include Kim Blickenstaff, Eric Miller (Tri-County Regional Planning Commission), Nik Davis (Houseal Lavigne), Katie Kim (Kim Group.)

1:00 - 2:00pm: Panel Discussion #2


Trailside Event Center

Trefzger Building
4416 N Prospect Rd
Peoria Heights, IL 616161

Chuck Marohn will participate in a panel discussion entitled “How Local Music Scenes (and the Arts in general) Make Cities Stronger.” Other participants include Kim Blickenstaff, Robbie Mathison, Doug Leunig, and Barb Milaccio.

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Bus/Walking Tour of Downtown

Meet at entrance to Trailside Event Center
Trefzger Building
4416 N Prospect Rd
Peoria Heights, IL 616161

Chuck Marohn will lead a bus/walking tour of historic downtown Peoria Heights and discuss the local development and its compatibility with Strong Towns principles. Starting point TBA.


5:45 - 6:30pm: Curbside Chat

Trailside Event Center
Trefzger Building
4416 N Prospect Rd
Peoria Heights, IL 616161

In the Curbside Chat, we explain, in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development — one which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. In this presentation, we show how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them to become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead.

This core Strong Towns presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient in an uncertain future.



Top photo via Creative Commons.