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The American Dream Coalition presents the 2008 conference on
Preserving the American Dream
"Preserving Freedom and Mobility"
May 16-18, 2008
Omni Houston Hotel
Four Riverway, Houston, TX
This photo of the privately planned community of Sienna in suburban Houston was taken by Sienna resident Adriana Rapolla and is used with her permission.
- Tour one of the least-regulated, most-affordable cities in America
- Learn how cities can maintain livability without zoning
- Find out how regions can relieve congestion and finance new roadway construction
- Hear the latest research from the experts
- Exchange ideas with fellow activists
- Attend sessions on global warming, transportation funding, land-use reform, the reconstruction of New Orleans, and other key issues
The 2008 Preserving the American Dream conference will ask how land use can work without zoning and how toll road authorities can relieve congestion. The conference will include a tour of recent transportation and land-use projects in the Houston area as well as dozens of speakers and workshops on transportation and land-use issues.
Sample Previous Conferences
You can watch clips of previous Preserving the American Dream conferences on the subjects of density, housing, mobility, planning, property rights, sprawl, and transportation. Each clip features several speakers and is between 2.2 and 4.4 megabytes long in WMV format.
- Friday, May 16
- 8:00 am-4:00 pm: Optional tour of Houston transportation and land-use projects
- 5:00 pm-7:00 pm: Registration and buffet dinner
- 7:00 pm-9:00 pm: Houston's Past and Future
- Saturday, May 17
- 8:00 am-5:00 pm: Presentations on Land-Use and Transportation Issues
- 6:00 pm-9:00 pm: Reception and Texas Bar-B-Que dinner
- Sunday, May 18
- 8:00 am-1:00 pm: Presentations on Grassroots Organizing
- 1:30 pm-3:00 pm: Annual Meeting of the American Dream Coalition
Please download a more complete (but still tentative) agenda.
Speakers and Topics
- The Future of Houston
- The Cost of Congestion
- Transportation Funding
- Reforming Transportation
- Environmental Protection
- Pat Michaels, Cato Institute, "The Truth about Global Warming"
- Paul Chesser, Climate Strategies Watch, "Environmental Hysteria and the Campaign to Regulate Our Economy"
- Mark Payton, Mustang Engineering, "The Truth about Peak Oil"
- Adrian Moore, Reason Foundation, "Land Use, Driving, and Greenhouse Gases"
- Randal O'Toole, Cato Institute, "Rail Transit and the Environment"
- Owen McShane, Centre for Resource Management Studies, "Why Integrated Land-Use and Transport Planning Does Not Work"
- Reforming Land-Use Regulation
- Robert Nelson, University of Maryland, "Changing Zoning into Covenants"
- Lolita Buckner Inniss, Cleveland State University, "Problems with Form-Based Codes"
- Mai Nguyen, University of North Carolina, "The Cost of Ballot-Box Zoning"
- Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register, "Fighting Smart Growth in Southern California"
- Wendell Cox, Demographia, "How the Suburbs Made Us Rich"
- Jerry Tipps, RS&H, "Does Houston Need More Land-Use Rules?"
- Michael Shires, Pepperdine University, "Opportunity Urbanism"
- Living the Dream: Houston's Master-Planned Communities
- Protecting Property Rights
- Timothy Sandefur, Pacific Legal Foundation, "The State of Property Rights in the U.S."
- Jeremy Hopkins, Virginia Institute for Public Policy, "The Real Story of Eminent Domain"
- Bill Peacock, Texas Public Policy Foundation, "Fighting Eminent Domain in Texas"
- Don Racheter, Public Interest Institute, "Dealing with Rural Population Loss"
- Jessica Corry, Independent Institute, "Protecting Property Rights from a Rapacious Transit Agency"
- Nancy Wilcox, Floodway Coalition of Houston, "Protecting Property Rights in Houston"
- Post-Katrina Reconstruction
- Winning the War of Words
- Michael Sullivan, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, "Getting Your Message Across"
- Peggy Venable, Americans for Prosperity, "Promoting TABOR and Other State Reforms"
- Drew Johnson, Tennessee Center for Policy Research, "How Business-Friendly Are Cities?"
- Hugh Pavletich, Pavletich Properties, "Restoring Housing Affordability in Australia & New Zealand"
- Daphne Scarbrough, The Mobility Coalition, "David vs. Goliath"
- More to come -- check this page for future updates.
The conference will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel, located at 4 Riverway, near the Galleria. The conference will feature dozens of speakers on a variety of land-use and transportation issues. A detailed agenda will be available soon.
Registration and Fees
The conference will cost $249, with a special $175 student/low-income rate. The cost includes a buffet dinner on Friday, breakfasts and lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and a Saturday night banquet. The optional tour, which includes a box lunch and transportation, is an additional $25. People who only want to attend a portion of the event, such as Saturday, may register on line for a pro-rated price. Late registrations (after May 11) must pay an additional $25.
To register by mail, please download a conference brochure. Or you can register on line. Fees are refundable if cancellation is received by May 2, 2008; after May 2, fees will be refunded on cancellation if someone registers late to fill your space.
Hotel and Travel Arrangements
If you are staying at the Omni Houston, make your reservations by calling 800-843-6664 and specifying you want the American Dream Coalition/Preserving the American Dream conference rate of $99 per night. The Omni Houston Hotel has kindly extended the deadline for reserving rooms at this rate to May 9. After this date, this rate will not be guaranteed.
Please note: There are two Omni Hotels in Houston. We are at the one near the Galleria. If you are driving, there is a charge for parking in the lot next to the Omni Hotel, but a nearby parking garage is free.
This conference is co-sponsored by:
and other organizations.
These co-sponsors are critical to making the conference a success. For information on becoming a co-sponsor, please contact Kathleen Calongne.