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Residents should expect construction on West Grand Avenue between Second and Fourth streets this month as part of the West Grand Avenue Enhancement Project.

The project’s objective is to beautify the city’s western gateway, and improve public infrastructure and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The construction will include street paving, installation of center medians, pedestrian bulb-outs, sidewalk upgrades, decorative crosswalks, streetlights and bike lanes.

The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. It is funded by multiple sources, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the City’s Redevelopment Agency.

Construction is expected to take 100 working days, weather permitting.

— Amy Dempsey

Cal Poly

The university is hosting four upcoming lectures as part of its Integrated Design Practice series in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

The public is welcome to the speaking events, which are free and will focus on the integration of digital and the physical in architectural design and the relationship between conception and execution in the building process.

The Hearst Foundation is supporting the series through a grant.

Upcoming presenters include the following:

• Jan. 29: Michael Hughes, a design firm owner and associate professor of architecture at the University of Arkansas who initiated a design for an outdoor classroom for an elementary school.



• Feb. 5: Ann Forsyth, author of three books and an architecture professor at Cornell University, whose focus will be on the social aspects of physical planning and urban development.



• Feb. 12: Pierluigi Serraino, an Italian architect practicing in the Bay Area, whose forthcoming books are a monograph of architect Gordon Drake and a study of digital design through the work of design architect John Marx of San Francisco.



• Feb. 26: Scott Marble, a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks and a faculty member at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, who taught one of the first “paperless” design studios.



All presentations begin at 4 p.m. in the Business Rotunda, Room 213.

For more information, contact Mark Cabrinha at mcabrinh@calpoly.edu or 756-2855.

— Nick Wilson

SLO County

A fledgling agricultural group called Professional Young Farmers and Ranchers is looking for new members to join this year.

“We have lots of young professionals and young families that are involved in agriculture,” program director Annalisa Clarke said in a news release. “It’s a way of life and a passion.”

Professional Young Farmers and Ranchers “reaches out to passionate young professionals involved in production agriculture, supporting industries, or those who simply appreciate the food, fiber and flowers Central Coast farmers and ranchers provide to us every day,” the group wrote.

According to the San Luis Obispo Crop Report, local agriculture in 2008 was worth $606.8 million not including processed goods.

The group’s mission is “to empower the next generation of young agriculture professionals to actively participate in the protection, promotion and advocacy of agriculture within San Luis Obispo County.”

For more information on events planned by the Professional Young Farmers and Ranchers, or to find out how to become a member, e-mail Annalisa at annalisa@slofarmbureau.org or call 543-3654.

— Bob Cuddy

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