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The future of urban Development is regenerative.
"Housing stability is also integral to community resilience, helping to enhance social cohesion, build community ties, and enable residents to stay better connected — particularly during extreme weather or other emergencies when neighbors often become each others’ first responders."
That's right, we are each others' first responders.
"As the need for climate-resilient, affordable housing becomes more pressing, cities will need to consider a multi-pronged strategy with solutions that address the full scope of climate threats to frontline communities — physical, economic, and social. Legal and policy tools should focus not only on increasing the availability of affordable housing, but also strengthening the resilience of housing to climate change impacts through measures that counter, rather than exacerbate, displacement and gentrification. Importantly, effective tools that promote resilience and equity in equal measure must also be guided by an explicit understanding of the reinforcing nature of social inequity and housing inequity.” - Georgetown Climate Center Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit.
The need to go well beyond sustainability and LEED certification drives home the necessity for Climate Action Plans to include toolkits with ordinances for municipalities to adopt to hold urban development projects to 21st century standards of affordability, ecological stewardship, habitat restoration, and community resilience. This is especially true for critical watersheds, rural communities facing new development pressures, and areas navigating post-disaster housing pressures.
Over the years I've had opportunities to work with urban developers, cities, and retailers, large and small, to design and enhance their role as community partners. I am attracted to projects and people who align with a big vision of resilient communities and then set out to drive innovation with new metrics for prosperity.
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