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Chris Leinberger - Guest Speaker - Transit-Oriented Development Seminar


Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) sponsoring "TOD Finance Summit"

On Thursday, December 6, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will be holding a transit-oriented development seminar: "TOD Finance Summit" with guest speaker, Chris Leinberger.

MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Their mission is to promote "smart growth principles" and regional collaboration.

Attendees of the TOD Finance Summit will learn why transit-oriented development is important now, where it can be located, ways it can be funded, and the challenges to getting TOD built. Although the event is now closed (reached capacity), information coming from the conference - news, reports and especially the insight provided by Chris Leinberger - will be available for future review.

Chris Leinberger The event will provide information about two new TOD funds under development in Greater Boston:
  • the LISC Equitable TOD Fund
  • CLF Venture's Healthy Neighborhoods Fund.
MAPC will also be releasing their report "Growing Station Areas: The Variety and Potential of Transit-Oriented Development in Metro Boston"  along with a TOD Finance Gap Analysis.

Featured speaker, Chris Leinberger, will talk about the shift toward more walkable places and the impact this is having on real estate and development.


Chris Leinberger

Mr. Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and author, with a propensity towards balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. More of his accomplishments:
  • President of Locus; Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
  • The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business Nonresident
  • Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC
  • Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit-oriented development firm.
  • Author of recently published book, "The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream."
  • Author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies
  • Contributor to 12 other books
  • Op-Ed Contributor to the The New York Times
  • Writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines.
  • Profiled by CNN, National Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel, Washington Post, among others
  • Was voted one of the "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website.
  • The 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities.


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is promoting smart growth principles and regional collaboration.

Their focus is sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.

A critical component of MAP's mission is to advance equity and cultural competency both internally and in our work throughout the region.

Established in 1963, MAPC is a public agency created under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B Section 24. MAPC is governed by representatives from each city and town in our region, as well as gubernatorial appointees and designees of major public agencies. Each municipality in the Boston area belongs to one of eight subregions, each led by one MAPC staff member.

For more information, visit the MAPC website.

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Posted: December 4, 2012     Nancy J Conrad


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