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September 29, 2021
ULI research highlights infrastructure investment gap of nearly $4 trillion, which risks future of equitable, sustainable communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2021) – A new, more equitable approach to regional planning and investment is critical to enabling economic growth and opportunity, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). ULI is a global member-driven organization that comprises more than 45,000 real estate and urban development professionals, and its latest report summarizes the views of leading national experts and practitioners that were brought together for the 2021 Shaw Symposium on Urban Community Issues.
The summary report, Equitable Investment in Infrastructure and Housing, has been co-published by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and ULI Curtis Infrastructure Initiative, and includes ten key takeaways for tackling some of the most critical housing and infrastructure challenges facing the United States. One of the most worrying trends highlighted is an investment gap of $3.8 trillion for much-needed infrastructure, and the report establishes a framework to assist local communities in designing and implementing future investments in an equitable way. The goals of the framework are to:
“As the US begins to emerge from a tumultuous year and Congress debates an infrastructure package, it is important to look to the future informed by the knowledge of the past,” said Craig Lewis, chair of the ULI Curtis Infrastructure Initiative and principal, CallisonRTKL–US, who chaired the 2021 Shaw Symposium. “Many of the challenges facing today’s cities and neighborhoods are linked to the decisions made decades ago. These decisions include positive, transformational investments in transit, parks, and other community assets that have been critical to restoring urban vibrance. However, they also include the disastrous legacy of redlining, segregation, and the intentional dismantling of neighborhoods that have produced generational harm for minority households, and Black families particularly.”
“If the US is to compete in a rapidly changing global economy, we must build our cities, towns, suburbs, and regions in a manner that enables and empowers all people to meet their full aspirations and potential. We hope that this report will help inform the housing- and infrastructure-related conversations that are to come at the federal, state, regional, and local levels.”
The annual Shaw Symposiums – named after renowned real estate entrepreneur, the late Charles H. Shaw – help leverage knowledge, experience and expertise from leading practitioners of urban development and public leadership. This year’s virtual event featured a series of presentations, open discussions, and breakout conversations. The ten key takeaways from the summary report include:
“The deferred investments that are necessary to address housing, infrastructure, climate, and social and racial equity goals will only become harder and more costly to address if there are further delays,” said Michael A. Spotts, author of the report and a visiting research fellow with the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. “It is incumbent upon all stakeholders that are working to plan and build our communities to seize this historic opportunity and address the challenges of our time.”
Informed by the findings and takeaways from the Shaw Symposium and associated research, the seminal ULI report will help inform future investment strategies across all levels of government. A seven-point framework has been proposed for evaluating and planning critical investments in housing and infrastructure, including:
To download the full report on Equitable Investment in Infrastructure and Housing, visit ULI Knowledge Finder.
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Notes to Editors
About the Urban Land Institute
About the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing
About the ULI Curtis Infrastructure Initiative
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