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Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, is among speakers expected at an April 11 forum in Cambridge. (Photo: KulbakoPhoto.com)

Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, is among speakers expected at an April 11 forum in Cambridge. (Photo: KulbakoPhoto.com)

The residents group A Better Cambridge plans a forum for April 11 called “A Better Future for a Better Cambridge,” calling together three experts for a talk on the general question, “How can we plan for urban growth in Cambridge to promote a more diverse, livable and sustainable city for all residents?”

The registration information on the group’s website says the panel:

will address the coming demographic shifts that will put further pressure on the Cambridge’s housing market and our transportation systems and talk about solutions that can make Cambridge a leader in defining a new urban America in the age of climate change.

The panelists include: Fred Salvucci, a former state secretary of transportation and senior lecturer in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University; and Andre Leroux, executive director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

A group called Cambridge Residents Alliance, formed of residents wary of rapid development in the city, held a forum in November called “Crush Hour in Cambridge.” A Better Cambridge arose as a sort of response to the alliance and its approach; its forum next month, with the reference to transportation systems, looks like a continuation of the dialogue.

The forum is set for 7 p.m. April 11 at Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., between Central and Harvard squares.