In the most recent edition of the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Association's publication, The Urbanist, two articles strengthen the already solid case for high-speed rail in California. The articles were written initially for an America 2050 research seminar sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Regional Plan Association this spring. Not only can the state afford to fund the project, argues SPUR Regional Planning Director Egon Terplan in "Getting High-Speed Rail On Track," but two of the state's most influential industries - the Hollywood media and entertainment industry and Silicon Valley technology sector - would be knit more tightly than ever before by a high-speed rail system that would realize "the economic potential of enhanced access and exchange across the state," a benefit discussed detailed in Executive Director Gabriel Metcalf's "Hollywood Vs. Silicon Valley."
Southern CaliforniaWith some of the largest ports in the nation, the economy of Southern California is closely tied to the logistics and goods movement industry. This region is taking aggressive action to build infrastructure that enhances its role as a global gateway while providing opportunities for its fast growing native-born and immigrant populations.
Location: Southern California / Nevada from the border with Mexico to Santa Barbara and east to Las Vegas
Principal Cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, Anaheim, Long Beach, Las Vegas
Population 2010: 24,361,642
Percent of U.S. Population: 8%
Population 2025: 29,010,560
Percent of US GDP: 7%
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Urban Growth Seminar at University of Southern California, Los Angeles
When: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 : 12:15pm
Location: University Park Campus, Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 101
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
Mark Pisano, Professor of Urban Planning, SPPD and Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050. Professor Tridib Banerjee will be the discussant.
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This is a part of the Urban Growth Seminar series sponsored by the School for Policy, Planning and Development.
- Build support around the country for an ambitious national infrastructure plan in the areas of transportation, energy, and water.
- Identify and prioritize the key infrastructure priorities in the megaregions, which can act as building blocks to a national plan.
- Create megaregion coalitions to support these megaregion priorities and begin coordinating with each other.
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View photos from the America 2050 Forum in Los Angeles, California, held on June 19, 2009. Speakers included Polly Trottenberg, Kathleen Brown, CA Senator Alan Lowenthal, NV Assemblyman Tick Segerblom, John Fielder, Neal Schmale, Sunne Wright McPeak, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, Paul Rosenstiel and many others.
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Join the Southwest megaregion's business, civic, government, and academic leaders on June 19 as they address the pressing issues of how to govern and finance the major infrastructure systems of the Southwest Megaregion (encompassing Southern California, the Las Vegas metropolitan area and Baja California), as part of a strategy to rebuild the region's economy for robust, equitable and sustainable growth.
John R. Fielder, President, Southern California Edison
Polly Trottenberg, Executive Director, Building America's Future
Tom Sayles, Vice President of Government & Community Relations, USC
Alan Lowenthal, Senator, California State Senate
Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050
Councilman Steve Wolfson, City of Las Vegas, NV
Assemblyman Richard Sagermoon, Nevada State Assembly
Mark Pisano, Co-Chair and West Coast Director, America 2050
Bob Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association & Co-Chair, America 2050
John Kirlin, Executive Director, Delta Vision Foundation
Timothy F. Brick, Chairman, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Mike Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission
Neal Schmale, COO, Sempra Energy
Don Paul, Director, USC Energy Institute
Michael Keston, Chairman & CEO, KFG Investment Company
Richard Little, Director, USC Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy
Kathleen Brown, Head of Public Finance-Western Region, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Brian Corley, Executive Director - Transportation/Infrastructure Advisory Group, JP Morgan LA Office
Paul Rosenstiel, Partner, De La Rosa & Co. & former CA Deputy Treasurer
Marguerite Young, Director-Public Pension Fund Relations, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Doug Failing, Director - District 7, California DOT
Bev Perry, Assistant Director, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise
Sunne Wright McPeak, President & CEO, CA Emerging Technologies Fund
The forum will include roundtable participant discussions to identify key questions:
- What are the key areas of infrastructure on which the Southwest Megaregion must work together?
- How do we move the SW Megaregion forward in these areas?
- Should there be the institutional capacity to take this forward?
- What should be the federal role in advancing this agenda?
By Chris Benner, University of California, Davis and Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California.
Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, a growing regional equity movement has recognized the consequences of urban sprawl and regional causes of poverty and successfully built political power at the scale of metropolitan region. Now, with increasing attention to social and economic factors at the megaregion scale, this paper asks whether equity proponents must shift their attention outward and upward.