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Focus on Social Equity at the ULI Fall Meeting in Los Angeles

From October 23-26 in Los Angeles, over 6,000 leaders from every sector of the real estate industry gathered to attend the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting.  Attendees included developers, investors, architects, planners, brokers, academics, attorneys, decision makers, and public officials.  Los Angeles was an exciting host city because it is a hotbed for experimentation in real estate.  Attendees toured innovative developments, built valuable relationships, and gained fresh perspectives about hot topics by attending a plethora of conference sessions.  Two outstanding sessions dealt with the issue of equitable development.   

Two of the speakers from the first session on equitable development were from Washington, D.C:  Calvin Gladney, Managing Partner at Mosaic Urban Partners, and Stephanie Meeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The two other panelists were Angela Glover-Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink, and Michael Banner, President and CEO of Los Angeles LDC, Inc.  The title of the session was “Equity and Inclusion: Creating Conditions That Benefit Everyone.”  The panel focused on how the widespread revitalization and growth of cities and neighborhoods has been giving rise to a new interest in equity and inclusion. As cities strive to attract new people by creating memorable and sustainable places–through reuse of historic places, new construction, and thoughtful urban design—many lower-income people are being left out of the boom. The speakers discussed various aspects of revitalization and its ramifications and outcomes.  

The second equitable development session was called “Building Equitable Cities.” This panel was composed of former HUD Secretary and cofounder of CityView, Henry Cisneros; Jeffrey Lubell, Director of Housing and Community Initiatives at Abt Associates; and Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development Initiatives at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  The panel focused on how the United States is becoming more urbanized and cities are becoming stronger but millions of people are being left behind, unable to participate in the urban success.  Click here for an article about the panel and here for a link to a book the panelists coauthored about the subject. 

Click here for a link to a video recording of the presentation.

Click here for a link to the article.

Click here for a link to the book.

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