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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.

Tentative Agenda

  • 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 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.

Conference Co-Sponsors

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.