The Power of Uniqueness, A Community Discussion

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7:00 PM ~ Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College Middle Campus

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The City of Lake Forest and the Lake Forest Preservation Foundation are collaborating to host a talk by Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute (Washington DC).  Mr. McMahon is renowned for nationwide presentations and numerous TED talks on the interplay between a city’s economic development and its historic preservation.  The event will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Lily Reid Holt Chapel on the Lake Forest College Campus Middle Campus, with parking adjacent.

Mr. McMahon will tour Lake Forest in the afternoon, prior to the evening talk, to help us see our community through the objective eyes of a newcomer. We will hear his point of view on what makes Lake Forest distinctive and how to preserve our uniqueness. At the same time, he will discuss moving forward in a way that supports sustainable development, change and economic growth, while welcoming and engaging people of all ages.

“Our community is highly valued for numerous reasons, including our safe environment, preserved open spaces, our historic character, the beach, the quality of our schools and lower taxes when compared to other North Shore communities,” said Mayor Donald Schoenheider. “We are interested in how an objective, outside expert in city planning and development perceives our community, and what recommendations he will offer for managing change in a way that preserves what makes Lake Forest a special place.” 

Following Mr. McMahon’s presentation, there will time for questions and discussion. Representatives from the Preservation Foundation and City Staff will also be available to answer questions and provide further information. 

Art Miller, President of the Preservation Foundation, believes the event will “shed light on the Foundation’s goal to protect building and landscape harmony, and to promote compatibility in restoration, renovation and development across the whole of Lake Forest.”

For more information on the event and for parking information, please go to or, or call 847-234-1230.

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