Can we bring the people back to the street after COVID-19 shutdown that has also accelerated the rise of online retail? This paper argues that the revival of these streets depends on a recognition of their role in the national economy, addressing environmental concerns and maintaining social diversity in the core.

Two Ely Chapter members, Les Pollock and Jon DeVries, have written a bold call for a comprehensive plan for their city: Chicago 2033.  The call notes that Chicago is becoming “two cities” and cites historic research from Planning Chicago, a book underwritten in part by the Land Economics Foundation.

In a dynamic article in Crain’s Chicago Business, Les and Jon point out the dangers of delay, lessons learned and the vision a new plan can fulfill.  What is the state of your city plan? Read the post, join the conversation in comments.

At its first quarterly meeting, the LAI Aloha Chapter welcomed nine new members. The meeting program included a presentation by Ed Sniffen, Deputy Director for Highways, Hawaii Department of Transportation.

The San Diego chapter of LAI held its annual Crystal Globe initiation banquet on February 1 at the elegant Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego. More than 100 persons were in attendance to applaud the event.

Sonoran Desert Chapter inducts 16 new members!

On December 27 LAI lost a good friend who reached us far beyond the copy on the page of one of his news columns. We take a moment to remember his lasting legacy and guide to the future.

Rachel Edds, President of Land Economics Foundation (LEF), announced guidelines for 2020 research grants to advance the field of land economics.  

“We are distributing this information broadly in the planning and real estate communities, and we are particularly interested in engaging LAI Chapters in collaborative projects. I invite members to consider how your Chapter might participate, as other Chapters have with remarkable projects.”

This is an invitation to all members of LAI to nominate candidates to be named a Fellow of Lambda Alpha International.

Home to one of the densest (if not the densest) district of LEED-certified event space in the world, Atlanta is the greenest convention, sports, and entertainment destination in the world. Atlanta's stellar sustainability commitment is one of the city's strongest economic drivers.

The International Board of LAI has the ability to recognize selected active members as “International Fellows”. Fellows are members who are recognized for significantly advancing the purposes, organization and/or growth of LAI. A maximum of two members may be elected each year.

We look further into the work of Richard Ely to bring method and substance to considering America’s burgeoning cities and suburbs. Both his vision and integrity continue to bring us inspiration and guidance across time and space.

The LAI Austin Chapter hosted the Fall 2019 LEW with grand success.

Located directly west Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Airport City Master Plan depicts a global destination rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion easily accessible to all – from local residents to world travelers – a showcase of smart cities and eco-friendly design.

Zia Chapter did what LAI Chapters do – get involved.  Working with the city and donations to the Foundation from Members like you -  Zia helped create a Local Innovation Corridor for an overlay district on a 1+ mile corridor.

Director of the Baltimore City Dept of Planning visited with the Baltimore LAI Chapter to provide an overview of Baltimore’s new Community Development strategy.

Thanks to your generous grants, LEF funded this exciting study – a cross-border business and conference center on the US/Mexico border.  The project was undertaken by the San Diego Chapter, collaborating with University of California San Diego.

The first BS in Real Estate and Development in the UC system has kicked off the academic year with more than 100 students.

How do you engage teens today?  The Chicago Architecture Center created a graphic novel.  “No Small Plans” helps teens understand how they can be engaged stewards for their neighborhoods and city.  Your grant helped enable printing.


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