Wearing two (or three) hats as I do--promoting the business of bicycle facilities systems integration along with center city advocacy + blogging about community revitalization--means that I have to walk a fine line between city promotion and recognizing opportunities for what they are and responding to them.
Montgomery County Office of Planning is sponsoring a conference in April that looks to be quite good. It's focused on improving the suburbs, but as I always say, the issue isn't always "city vs. suburb" as much as it is what opportunities are posed in terms of neighborhoods and districts, and neighborhoods-districts share similar characteristics and opportunities, especially if they are served by transit, regardless of their location in a city or a suburb.
From the Montgomery County Maryland Parks and Planning e-letter:
Labels: city-regional branding, land use planning, transportation planning, urban design/placemaking, urban vs. suburban vs. rural