Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I am happy that Land Use Prof is back and I am pleased to be working with a great group of editors. I practiced and taught community development in Baltimore, Maryland for several years before moving to Las Vegas in 2000. As a converted westerner, I plan to focus on land use and community development issues that occur west of the Mississippi. I'll begin with the westward journey of the Brookings Institution.
Brookings, a public policy think tank based in Washington, DC, published "Mountain Megas: America's Newest Metropolitan Places and a Federal Partnership to Help Them Prosper" in 2008. A project of Brookings' Metropolitan Policy Program, Mountain Megas focused on the growth of the southern Intermountain West states (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah) and the challenges metropolitan regions within these states face. In September 2009, Brookings continued its study of the Mountain West region with the announcement of a partnership with UNLV. This partnership, the Brookings Mountain West Initiative, will build on the Mountain Megas 2008 report and bring Brookings scholars to UNLV (and the greater Mountain West region) for further research and lectures. For a copy of the Mountain Megas report as well as more information on the Mountain West initiative, visit http://brookingsmtnwest.unlv.edu/.