January 17, 2006
In Atlanta as throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world, people are flocking to live in metropolitan areas. This global trend daily puts pressure on urban environments to redevelop abandoned, underused and neglected areas.
This phenomenon begs the central questions raised by a public symposium next month presented by the Georgia State University Law Review and the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at the Georgia State University College of Law.
Entitled What Kind of Metropolitan Areas Do We Want? Challenges, Promises and Pitfalls in Redevelopment, the symposium delves into redevelopment methodology that will best meet future goals. Set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at Atlantic Station and Friday, Feb. 3, at Georgia State's University Center Speaker's Auditorium and Ballroom in Atlanta, the event is designed for lawyers, planners, architects, real estate and government officials to address key redevelopment issues.
"We are pleased to gather an array of distinguished speakers from the U.S. and abroad," noted Professor Colin Crawford, co-director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. "Although mostly lawyers and law professors, the symposium also showcases the voice of planners, city officials, economists and others involved in redevelopment."
Professor Crawford said the symposium will welcome registrants to a program that invites active participation. First, a field visit to Atlantic Station, one of the largest urban infill projects undertaken in the U.S. in recent decades, will be followed with a session that asks registrants to engage with speakers and practicing professionals in the resolution of a hypothetical situation based on real-life problems.
"We look forward to welcoming registrants to a program that seeks to make an important contribution to answering a central question facing metropolitan areas everywhere," added Professor Julian Juergensmeyer, co-director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and the Ben F. Johnson Chair in Law.
Attendance at the symposium qualifies for six CLE credit hours for attorneys, and the event can also be attended by students. Hotel accommodations for the symposium will be available at the Marriott Residence Inn in downtown Atlanta (404-522-0950).
The complete program schedule is included below. For additional information on the 2006 Georgia State University Law Review Symposium, download the brochure or contact Professor Crawford at 404-651-2058, or Jodi Dixon at 404-651-2047.
Thursday, February 2, 2006 (Atlantic Station)
4 p.m. — Introduction, History and Tour of Atlantic Station Redevelopment Hilburn O. Hillestad, Jacoby Development, Inc.
5:30 p.m. — Welcome Reception at Atlantic Station
Friday, February 3, 2006 (GSU Student Center Speaker's Auditorium)
8–9 a.m. — Registration and Continental Breakfast
8: 45–9 a.m. — Welcome Remarks
Jodi Dixon, College of Law 2006 Law Review Symposium Editor
Dean Steven Kaminshine, Georgia State University College of Law
9–10:30 a.m. — Panel I: Foreign Perspectives on Redevelopment
James Kushner, Southwestern University School of Law: Brownfield Redevelopment in The United States and Some Lessons from Europe
Fernando Walcacer, Interdisciplinary Environmental Nucleus, Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro: Environmental Concerns And Urban Planning in a Developing Country Metropolitan Area — The Case of Rio De Janeiro
Raymond Young, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and School of Community and Regional Planning: Vancouver's False Creek — Brownfields to Richfields
Edward H. Ziegler Jr., Denver University College of Law: China's Cities, Growth Management, and Sustainable Development — Some Thoughts on Polycentric Regional Growth and New Urbanism with Chinese Characteristics
Moderator: Julian Juergensmeyer, Georgia State University College of Law
10:30–10:45 a.m. — Break (sponsored by Powell Goldstein LLC)
10:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. — Panel II – Topical Areas: Redevelopment Tactics and Concerns
Vicki Been, New York University School of Law/ Ioan Voicu, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University: Community Gardens in New York City: Catalyst for Neighborhood Change?
Robert W. Burchell, Center for Urban Policy Research, Edward Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University: Affordable Housing and Urban Redevelopment — What are the Appropriate Inclusionary Percentages Related to Future Residential and Nonresidential Development?
Audrey McFarlane, University of Baltimore School of Law: Who Fits the Profile? — Thoughts on Race and Class in Redevelopment
Carl Patton, Georgia State University President: The University as a Driver of Urban Redevelopment — The Georgia State Example
Catherine Ross, Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development, Department of City of City and Regional Planning, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology: Footprint for an International City — Transportation and Redevelopment
Moderator: Laura Taylor, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
12:45–2:15 p.m. — Lunch and a Keynote Conversation (GSU Ballroom):
"Two Governors' Perspectives on the Relationship of Smart Growth and Redevelopment" — Hon. Roy Barnes and Hon. Parris N. Glendening
2:15–2:30 p.m. — Participants Break Into Small Groups (GSU Ballroom)
2:30-3:15 p.m. — Panel III: From Theory to Practice: A Group of Prominent Practitioners Lead Break-Out Groups to Explore the Practical, Political and Legal Challenges in Making Redevelopment Possible
Symposium participants will consider a hypothetical situation in break-out groups led by:
Stacey Y. Abrams, City of Atlanta, Government Counsel Group
Linda B. Curry, Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, P.C.
Skip Kazmarek, McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP
Jay J. Levin, Powell Goldstein LLP
Patti Pearlberg, Coro Realty Advisers, LLC
Gerald Pouncey, Morris & Manning, LLP
Charles H. Tisdale, King & Spalding LLP
3:15–4 p.m. — Report From Break-out Groups
Moderator: Colin Crawford, Georgia State University College of Law
4–4:15 p.m. — Break (sponsored by Coro Realty Advisors, LLC)
4:15–5:45 p.m. — Panel IV: From Practice to Theory: Legal and Strategic Concerns in Redevelopment
Daniel Cole, Indiana University School of Law/Indianapolis, Why Kelo is Not Good News for Local Planners and Developers
Sheila Foster, Fordham Law School: The City as an Ecological Space
James C. Nicholas, Environmental and Land Use Law Program, University of Florida Levin College of Law: Funding Infill
Wendell Pritchett, University of Pennsylvania Law School: Beyond Kelo: Thinking about Urban Development in the 21st Century
Moderator: Janice C. Griffith, Georgia State University College of Law
5:45–6 p.m. — Closing Remarks Colin Crawford and Jodi Dixon