On September 11, 2012 over 200 attendees gathered at the George Washington University (GWU) to hear about a new report on Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) in the Washington, D.C. area. The conference was keynoted by Christopher Leinberger, professor at GWU School of Business. Leinberger has completed major research on WalkUPs in D.C. and concludes that there is a game-changing shift underway in real estate and walkable urban places and projects will drive tomorrow’s real estate industry and the economy. What was perceived as a niche market is becoming the market. The research takes a deep look at Washington, D.C., a national pioneer in walkable urban places, to identify where development has and will take place—and the economic and social impact it will have. A full copy of the report can be downloaded here.
During the full-day meeting, other voices were added to the walkable urban conversation. Former Governor of Maryland Parris Glendening gave an overview of how walkable development concepts are being introduced across the country, and three panels highlighted the public, private, and place management aspects of creating and maintaining WalkUPs. A full agenda showing all of the speakers can be found here.