It looks like 2015 will once again be a year characterized by incremental progress in the face of polarizing extremes. While housing markets have rebounded in some major metropolitan areas, development is focused largely on high-end markets, raising serious questions about affordability in the nation’s booming metros. On the weather front, we’re starting the year off with record setting snowfall in the Northeast while California remains parched – providing more support for the notion that extreme weather will be the new normal. And, for the first time, a tech giant has supplanted big oil as the world’s most valuable company.
Times are changing and we, in turn, must change the way we practice to advance progressivism in evolving economic, physical, and political spheres. This month, we look at how “resilience” planning can be made to promote inclusivity, equity, and sustainability. We then pivot to how the increasingly powerful tech sector can work with policymakers and educators to change the face of their relatively homogenous workforce. And, from there, we look at how incentive zoning policies can be leveraged to lend certainty to the development process and provide meaningful community benefits. If the only thing that’s inevitable is change, let’s be prepared to create the change we want to see.
Cecilia V. Estolano, Jennifer LeSar, Katherine A. Perez-Estolano