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, who holds the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies, studies the governance, planning, and development of regions in the U.S. and Latin America, with a focus on housing and economic development. Her books include Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development (Routledge 2015, and winner of the John Friedmann Book Award); Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends? Understanding the Effects of Smarter Growth on Communities (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, MIT Press, 2019); and Fragile Governance and Local Economic Development: Theory and Evidence from Peripheral Regions in Latin America (with Sergio Montero, Routledge, 2018). She has published recently on a broad array of subjects, including the fiscalization of land use (in Landscape and Urban Planning), urban displacement (in the Journal of Planning Literature and Cityscape), community investment (in the Journal of Urban Affairs), job creation on industrial land (in Economic Development Quarterly), regional governance in rural Peru (in the Journal of Rural Studies), and accessory dwelling units as a smart growth policy (in the Journal of Urbanism). In Fall 2015, she launched the Urban Displacement Project, a research portal examining patterns of residential, commercial, and industrial displacement, as well as policy and planning solutions. In 2015, Chapple's work on climate change and tax policy won the UC-wide competition for the Bacon Public Lectureship, which promotes evidence-based public policy and creative thinking for the public good. Chapple also received the 2017 UC-Berkeley Chancellor's Award for Research in the Public Interest. She received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award for 2017-2018 to explore expanding the Urban Displacement Project to cities in Europe and Latin America. 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. Since 2006, she has served as faculty director of the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, which has provided over $1.5 million in technical assistance to community-based organizations and government agencies. 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.