THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series Begins “What Americans Want”

Date – November 3, 2011
Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah

Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

America became a “suburban” nation after World War II, principally by meeting the needs of the baby boomers. The “American dream” was to own a home on a large lot in the suburbs. That was then and this is now. The American dream is now plural; people want more out of their neighborhoods and communities than in the past. This presentation will review how changing demographics, economics, and financing are changing Americans’ preferences for housing, neighborhoods, and communities. It will also synthesize several national housing preference surveys to show that what Americans want now is very different from what they wanted just a generation ago. The presentation will show the mismatch between what Americans want and what they have, and summarize options to close the gap.

Dr. Arthur C. (Christian “Chris”) Nelson, FAICP, is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where he is also Executive Director of the Metropolitan Research Center. For the past thirty years, he has conducted pioneering research in growth management, urban containment, public facility finance, economic development, and metropolitan development patterns. He has written more than 20 books and more than 300 other works. His current work focuses on how demographic economic forces along with shifts in housing preference will reshape America’s metropolitan areas for the rest of this century.

Numerous organizations have sponsored Nelson’s research, including the National Science Foundation; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Fannie Mae; American Planning Association; National Association of Realtors; Urban Land Institute; and The Brookings Institution.

Nelson serves in various editorial capacities for the Journal of the American Planning Association, Housing Policy Debate Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Planning Literature. His books and writing have shaped the fields of infrastructure finance, growth management, and land use planning and have won national awards and international distinction. He has earned scholarship honors at Virginia Tech, several teaching honors and scholarship commendations at Georgia Tech, and researcher of the year honors at the University of New Orleans.

The 10.11.12 lecture series is generously supported by APA Utah, EPG, FFKR Architects, Salt Lake City Corporation, the Utah Center for Architecture, and  VODA Landscape + Planning.