Better Communities – Track 3: Social Impact through Urban Design – Life Beyond the Truman Show

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Pensacola Museum of Commerce

If cities are part of the problem, they should also be part of the solution.

In 2018, we are witnessing the dawn of the urban era. For the first time in human history, more than half of the global population lives in cities. [Note: it was May 2017 when the world’s population became more urban than rural.] By the end of this century, nine in 10 people will. The trend towards urbanization is only accelerating and 96 percent of all urbanization by 2030 will occur in the developing world.

If urbanization is one of greatest problems, it can also be one of our greatest solutions.

During this session, you will learn how we as a community can establish overarching goals and work collaboratively to best attain them. You will understand how to partner with others to envision better futures and leverage the resources to realize them.

For centuries, the comingling of people, activities, and ideas in cities has inspired creation, individual as well as collective. Today, our urban areas are enjoying a resurgence that beckons youth and retirees, rich and poor, and people from all backgrounds and points of view to live, work, and play with expansive opportunities along with room and opportunity for all.