November 6th and Beyond

22 Oct

As the November election looms, there’s much talk about gaining momentum. Whether it’s in context of the oft-shifting polls of the presidential race, the highly contested runs for Congress or the Senate, or the ever-contentious spate of state measures, propositions, and initiatives, everyone is looking to gain an edge. But as we look beyond November 6th, it’s important to take note of the policy tools and new ways of thinking that are gaining traction.

This month, we look at the fallout from Governor Brown’s decision to place a hold on any attempts to re-imagine redevelopment as an economic development tool. We highlight several ballot measures across the state that may have implications for sustainable economic development. We give an overview of a visa program that is becoming a more widely used tool to finance development projects. And we take a look at expanding the scope for planning transit-oriented development.

As we look at these emerging trends, we see that there is an underlying momentum that is moving us toward policies and practices that take a more holistic approach to tackling complex issues. Thinking beyond the election, it’s important for policymakers and practitioners to build on this momentum to shape more positive outcomes.

Sincerely yours,

Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine Aguilar Perez

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