A Luncheon with Urban Visionary
John Norquist, Mayor of Milwaukee

12 Noon, Sept. 26, 2003 Delta Halifax, Bluenose Room

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John Norquist Biography
John Norquist took office in 1988 as the 37th Mayor of Milwaukee. Under his leadership, Milwaukee has experienced a decline in poverty, a boom in new downtown housing and become a leading centre of education and welfare reform.

Before he was elected Mayor, John Norquist represented Milwaukee in the Wisconsin Legislature. Fellow legislators elected him to Democratic leadership positions in both the state assembly and state senate. Mayor Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977.

Now serving his fourth term as Mayor, Norquist is a prominent participant in national discussions of urban design, government efficiency and educational issues. Most recently, he has drawn widespread recognition for championing the removal of a kilometre long stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee.

He is the author of The Wealth of Cities (Addison-Wesley, 1998) and has taught courses in urban planning and development at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning and at Marquette University.

Mayor Norquist was recently chosen as President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He formerly chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty.

Norquist earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He was born October 22, 1949 and is married to Susan Mudd. They have a son, Benjamin, and daughter, Katherine.

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