Robert Yaro

Robert Yaro For nearly four decades Mr. Yaro has promoted local, regional and national strategies to balance economic vitality and environmental quality. He has worked in local and state government, the civic community and academia to promote these outcomes, from rural areas to America's largest urban region. He has also taught city and regional planning at the graduate level for more than 25 years and written extensively on urban and regional planning concerns.

He holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies from Wesleyan University. He has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other groups. He has consulted on urban and regional planning issues across the United States and in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is married and has two grown children. He and his wife, Susan, live in Stamford, CT.

Recent Commentary

Reprinted from RPA's Spotlight on the Region

By Robert Yaro, Co-Chair, America 2050

Across the water in Great Britain, the new conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has won great attention for his cost-cutting ways as he slashes funding for health care, police, prisons, housing, and even defense.

But one area has remained immune to Cameron's sharp blade: the country's emerging high-speed rail system, including the line under development running from London to Birmingham. In fact, Cameron is expanding funding for the system.

Cameron understands what apparently few of his conservative colleagues here do, which is that investing in high-speed rail is part of a sound investment in the country's future. And while Great Britain is a different country than the United States, its conditions and challenges are not as different as one might think. High-speed rail can work in the United States, as it will in Great Britain.

Bob Yaro appeared on the Fox Business News program, "Breakfast for
Money" and Bloomberg News to discuss the Obama Administration's upcoming
infrastructure spending plan. Watch the videos below.

Download the paper.
By Frederick Steiner University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association

This paper outlines strategies for identifying and protecting the large landscapes that represent the nation's natural, scenic, and historic heritage, beginning with a review of past efforts, and proceeding to suggestions for establishing national priorities for preservation. These strategies are needed in face of estimates that the U.S. will develop more land in the next four decades than we have in the past four centuries. Across the country, national parks are being damaged by over-use and under-maintenance, while some of the most productive agricultural lands in and near metropolitan areas are being fragmented by large lot subdivisions.

This paper is part of a series prepared by America 2050 for the Rockefeller Foundation Global Urban Summit in July 2007.