Discussion Board: How do we responsibly develop blighted urban areas?

John F. Shaw

“We cannot displace current residents. Before policy, investment, or action, we must have the political will and moral vision to prevent this displacement. Our industry leaders—and our political leaders—must share this vision.”
John F. Shaw, AIA, LEED AP


Craig Kronenberg

“Locate affordable housing in urban neighborhoods that are already affluent. Our Fairmount Avenue Townhouses will rent for 50 percent of the prevailing rate. It’s reverse gentrification.”
Craig Kronenberg, Hefferlin+Kronenberg Architects


Lourdes Castro Ramirez (center)

“Integrate buildings, people, and economic opportunity. A jobs-to-housing relationship generates demand and meets sustainability goals that include transit, schools, and recreation.”
Lourdes Castro Ramírez, San Antonio Housing Authority


Jared Reimer

“Market-rate units must become more affordable. Smaller unit sizes and fewer on-site amenities can help, as well as co-locating near public transit where residents can save on vehicle expenses, which cost the average American $9,500 per year per vehicle.”
Jared Riemer, Urban Village Development Company


Joseph Basilice

“Use existing community assets: abandoned hotels, surplus warehouse space, etc. Focus on building better housing made affordable through efficiency.”
Joseph Basilice, Oceansafe


Kimo Kai (right)

“For [us], the answer is simple: return native Hawaiians, many of whom fall below federal poverty guidelines, to their ancestral lands to reconnect them to their cultural values.”
Kimo Kai, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands


Michael Boettger

“Utilize social-service programs that promote the skills lacking in impoverished communities. Altering the cycles can help break the trends we see in many blighted urban areas.”
Michael Boettger, The Michaels Development Company,