On Demand: Planning Strategies for Sustainability and Equity

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Despite the goal of supporting the three E's (economy, environment, and equity), sustainability plans can fail to reconcile conflicts between smart growth and economic opportunity. Higher densities may raise land costs and displace existing residents and businesses. Explore the conflicts, potential solutions, and challenges of implementation.

You'll learn about:

  • Conflicts between sustainable-development patterns and social-equity goals
  • Strategies that help reconcile smart growth and economic opportunity
  • Mechanisms that work in different market contexts
  • The politics of implementation


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About the Speakers

Amit Ghosh
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Miriam Chion
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Dena Belzer
Ms. Belzer is the founder and president of Strategic Economics, an urban economics consulting firm based in Berkeley, California. She has over 30 years experience working on economic issues ranging in scale from regional smart growth strategies to individual development projects. Ms. Belzer specializes in assignments with complex settings and many actors, requiring innovative approaches to the economic analysis. Her particular specializations include transit-oriented development, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and corridor redevelopment. Ms. Belzer was also a founding partner of the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD). She has numerous publications and has served as a national expert on many topics for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Mayors Institutes for City Design, and The Urban Land Institute.

Karen Chapple
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Chapple studies the planning, development, and governance of regions in the U.S. and Latin America. She has most recently published on regional economic resilience (in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society), innovation in the green economy (in Economic Development Quarterly), and the failure of poverty dispersal policies (in Housing Policy Debate). Her recent book (Routledge, 2014) is entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development. In her capacity as faculty director of the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, she has led research on the potential for gentrification and displacement near transit-oriented development (for the Association of Bay Area Governments); more effective planning for affordable housing and economic development near transit (for the Great Communities Collaborative); the relationship between the arts, commercial and residential revitalization in low-income neighborhoods; and the role of the green economy and industrial land in the California economy. Most recently, she has led a national contest sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to generate ideas for local and state job creation targeting disadvantaged communities. Chapple has also worked on regional and local economic development research projects in Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Guatemala. Chapple holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to UC Berkeley. From 2006-2009, she held the Theodore Bo and Doris Shoong Lee Chair in Environmental Design. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. Prior to academia, Chapple spent ten years as a practicing planner in economic development, land use, and transportation in New York and San Francisco.