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On Thursday, July 29th the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative held its fifth meeting of the grant-funded cohort of District Council projects.
The meeting began with a presentation from Paul Angelone, Senior Director of the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative about the recent ULI Member Global Infrastructure Survey which identifies member perceptions of the quality and priorities for new infrastructure investment. It also identifies real estate trends that members expect will influence infrastructure investment over the next 5-years and their views of what the term “infrastructure” means to them. This led to a discussion about what would be useful for cohort members as a follow-up activity by the Initiative to ensure better infrastructure investment outcomes by ULI members and others.
A broad comment was that a vision needs to be established or demonstrated upfront then recommendations should flow from this goal. This would help to frame the future desires identified by ULI members, including what’s at the forefront of their minds, and then enable solutions to solve problems achieving this vision. This could include the top identified priorities around increasing housing affordability, addressing climate change, increasing renewable energy, maintenance of existing infrastructure, and improving public transportation but as identified by ULI members infrastructure is a broad topic and provides a structure to our environment. This includes the physical world or built environment like bricks, concrete, and steel, the natural environment like parks and open space, and finally, the emerging digital environment shown to be so important during the global pandemic. This would also help to align to other areas such as what’s happening with the potential infusion of new U.S. infrastructure investment as well as show why infrastructure is such an important topic.
The other broad comment was that any follow-up by the Initiative should be focused on how the diverse ULI membership could use what’s produced and how it could be used by the broader public as community-driven planning becomes more important. Some buckets identified, with a key questioned asked, includes the following.
Next steps will include the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative developing a white paper on this very topic and will use this input to frame the discussion. Then, the Initiative, plans on developing a toolkit for restorative and equitable infrastructure investment following this white paper.
The cohort provided quick updates on the status of each of the six projects. The following is listed in order of presentation.
Finally, the meeting highlighted the call for proposals for the 2021-2022 District Council grant.
About the 2020–2021 District Council Infrastructure Grant Cohort
The Curtis Infrastructure Initiative has partnered with six ULI district councils across North America to provide technical assistance as part of a cohort to help build capacity to reconnect divided communities—physically, socially, and digitally. This cohort of ULI members and staff, local leaders, and other global experts meets regularly over the course of a year to identify key issues, share best practices, and provide updates on projects to support each other in addressing complex infrastructure challenges.
Click here to learn more about each of the six selected projects and view other resources to create more equitable and resilient infrastructure investments that enhance long-term community value.