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Transformative placemaking: Expanding opportunities for people and places

Launch of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking

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Welcome & Keynote remarks

After decades of sprawl and suburban dominance, U.S. cities are experiencing rebounding populations, growing employment, and new public and private sector investments in places that are walkable, transit-oriented, and support diverse people and amenities. But we know that the benefits of these trends are not equally distributed, presenting an urgent opportunity for local and regional leaders to advance place-led development that produces better economic outcomes for more people in more places.

To help deliver on that imperative, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings launched the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking (“Bass Center”) with an event on Wednesday, November 14. In collaboration with Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the National Main Street Center (NMSC), the Bass Center will inspire public, private, and civic sector leaders to make transformative place investments that generate widespread social and economic benefits. Brookings President John Allen, Bass Center Director and Senior Fellow Jennifer Vey, special guest speaker Carol Coletta, and a distinguished panel of experts discussed how market and demographic trends are driving new demands for placemaking that benefit more people and places.

Following the panel discussion, speakers took questions from the audience.

Agenda

Welcome

Keynote remarks

Carol Coletta

President and Chief Executive Officer, Memphis River Parks Partnership, Senior Fellow, American Cities Practice, The Kresge Foundation

Panel discussion

Shauen V.T. Pearce

Director of Economic Development and Inclusion Policy - City of Minneapolis, Office of Mayor Jacob Frey

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