April 10, 2012
UPDATED MEDIA BRIEFING ADVISORY
Tsunami of Demographic, Economic, and Environmental Changes Reshaping America: Planners' Response
LOS ANGELES — Profound demographic, economic and environmental changes now underway are fundamentally reshaping America. As professional "future-thinkers," planners are at the forefront of communities' responses to these changes, finding strategic ways to help address these trends. Interrelated trends to watch include:
- Explosive growth in retirees.
- Fiscal stress and structural changes to the economy.
- "Megapolitan areas" as the nation's new growth engines.
- Adaptation to climate change.
For example, every day more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching the age of 65. That will continue daily until 2030 when 20 percent of Americans will be over age 65. In addition, one in five Americans age 65 and above does not drive. In response, planners are helping create communities where people can more easily age in place through Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Cities such as Portland, Dallas and Denver have seen considerable economic development around their transit stations. Within one-quarter mile of light rail stations in Dallas, for instance, there has been a 32 percent increase in residential property values and over 32,000 jobs have been created.
Exclusive media briefing audio conference call with two of the country's top planning leaders from the world's largest event for urban planners, the American Planning Association's 2012 National Planning Conference (April 14-17; Los Angeles).
Monday, April 16
2:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern; 1:00-1:30 p.m. Mountain; 12 noon-12:30 p.m. Central; 11:00–11:30 a.m. Pacific
The 30-minute call includes 15 minutes of remarks followed by Q&A.
William Anderson, FAICP, Principal and Vice President with AECOM and former planning director for the City of San Diego
Terry Holzheimer, FAICP, Director of Arlington Economic Development, Arlington County, Virginia