Defeating Sprawl's "Dead End": Two Events This May

Oregon has been successful creating livable cities attracting new investment, businesses, and residents. But Ben Ross, one of the country's foremost grassroots transit advocates, believes this vision and its accomplishments are threatened. In May we'll welcome Ben for events in Eugene and Portland.

More compact communities and transportation options are in demand across the country--even in smaller cities. Yet with this increased demand comes new resistance that can often undermine the possibilities and even prevent new development altogether. As Ross notes, "Urbanism, transit, and walkable streets challenge a deeply rooted suburban value system." And value systems can prove hard to move.

Ross explores these issues in Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, which is both a history and a strategic guide to what everyone who believes in great places must do to fight this value system and the resistance that builds around it. Ross believes that to overcome this resistance, advocates must think big and offer a compelling vision of change.

We're pleased to welcome Ben Ross to Oregon for two free, public events in May:

  • Eugene: Sunday, May 4, 4-6 PM @ Cozmic Pizza. RSVP Here
  • Portland: Monday, May 5, 7:30-9:00 PM @ Powell's Books on Hawthorne. RSVP Here

More details are available about both these events at

Ben Ross was president of Maryland's Action Committee for Transit for 15 years. Under his leadership, it became the largest grass-roots transit advocacy organization in the country. His new book about the politics of urbanism and transit, Dead End, is published by Oxford University Press.