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Practical Visionaries Workshop: Transformative Economic Development

When: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Tufts University • Page Hall • Terrace Room • Medford


Phil Thompson Assoc. Professor, MIT Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning
Ben Forman Research Director, MassINC

Respondents: Juan Leyton (formerly MA Neighbor to Neighbor)

Aaron Tanaka (formerly Boston Workers Alliance)

Cities that have been left behind in the globalized economy and hardest hit by the economic crisis are searching for development strategies that can deliver real jobs and opportunity in an environmentally sustainable way and return vibrancy to these urban centers. This session will feature two approaches to such a transformation. MIT’s Phil Thompson will talk about Cleveland’s innovative strategy to leverage the power of anchor institutions for community wealth, about which he co-authored a recent report. Ben Forman will present MassINC’s new report on transformative redevelopment strategy for Massachusetts “Gateway Cities”.

Phil Thompson is an urban planner and political scientist. He received a M.U.P. from Hunter College, and a PhD. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Phil worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority, and as Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing Coordination.

Ben Forman is MassINC’s research director and focuses on urban policy, economic development strategies and housing policies. Prior to joining MassINC in 2008, Ben oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. Ben completed his master’s degree in city planning at MIT.

Light Refreshments
Co-Sponsors: UEP Colloquium, Tufts New Economy Group, AS&E Diversity Fund
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** Directions to Paige Hall: Exit the Davis Square subway (T Red Line) on the College Avenue side. You may take the #94 or #96 bus or walk 15 minutes along College Avenue to the Tufts campus. If you board the bus, ask the driver to stop across from the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston Avenues. If you walk, turn right out of the subway station and follow College Avenue around a traffic circle. The Tufts campus will be on your left. Near the top of the hill, you will see the Memorial Steps on your left. Paige Hall, and the entrance to the Terrace Room, is at the top of the stairs on the right.


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