City and Regional Planning

Book Launch for "Megaregions and America's Future"

Thursday, March 17, 2022 6:00pm
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Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadlephia

To ensure the health and safety of everyone at Weitzman events, visitors to Penn’s campus are required to register in advance and complete PennOpen Campus on the day of the event. Members of the Penn community do not need to register in advance, but will be required to present a valid PennCard as well as PennOpen Pass for entry to in-person events. Please plan to arrive early. Double masking, or use of a KN95 or N95 mask, is required in Penn buildings.

Megaregions—a concept pioneered by Weitzman's Robert Yaro more than a decade a go—can help the United States contend with its mega-challenges. With shared economies, natural resource systems, infrastructure, history, and culture, these linked networks of metropolitan areas and their hinterlands—such as the Southwestern Sun Corridor or Great Lakes—can strengthen climate resilience, natural resource management, economic competitiveness, and equity at the local, regional, and national levels in the United States. Megaregions and America's Future (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/Columbia University Press) reviews the origins of the megaregion concept and the economic, ecological, demographic, and political dynamics to help readers understand trends, processes, and innovative practices within and between megaregions and identify the most pressing challenges that demand strategic decisions and actions. 

This event brings together the book's co-authors—Professor of Practice Emeritus Robert Yaro, University of Texas at Austin Professor of Community and Regional Planning Ming Zhang, and Dean and Paley Professor Fritz Steiner—for a closer look at the untapped potential of megaregions for planners, policy makers, academics, and decision makers in transportation, environmental protection, and development agencies. The discussion is moderated by Erick Guerra, associate professor of city and regional planning.


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