March 1, 2006
The Georgia State University Law Review and the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at the Georgia State University College of Law presented a thought-provoking symposium Feb. 2-3 entitled What Kind of Metropolitan Areas Do We Want? Challenges, Promises and Pitfalls in Redevelopment.
The symposium delved into redevelopment methodology best suited to meet future needs in metro areas, with its largest attendance to date. The event began on the afternoon of Feb. 2 with a field visit to one of the largest urban infill projects undertaken in the U.S. in recent decades – the Atlantic Station development in midtown Atlanta. All day Feb. 3, the symposium was held on the campus at Georgia State where lawyers, planners, architects, real estate and government officials addressed key redevelopment issues. Stimulating presentations and panel discussion were mixed with an innovative session in which attendees engaged with speakers and practicing professionals in the resolution of a hypothetical situation based on real-life redevelopment problems.“With a number of distinguished experts from the U.S. and abroad, we were able to capture a lot of great thinking and perspective during this year’s Law Review Symposium,” said Professor Colin Crawford, co-director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. “With over 200 registered participants, the event was our most highly attended symposium to date, and we are grateful to everyone who worked diligently to make the symposium so successful.”
One of the highlights of the two-day event was a luncheon featuring two former governors with strong opinions on redevelopment efforts in their respective states. Gov. Roy Barnes of Georgia, who now practices law in Marietta, and Gov. Parris Glendening of Maryland, who is now the president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute.“The symposium offered important contributions and potential answers for challenges of redevelopment in metropolitan areas around the world,” remarked Professor Julian Juergensmeyer, co-director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and the Ben F. Johnson Chair in Law. “Through this event we shed light on some important and inventive aspects of urban redevelopment, with hopes of transforming areas that are not currently used into vital hubs for our growing metro populations.”
A listing of speakers and panelists who participated in the Georgia State College of Law 2006 Law Review Symposium includes: