City and Regional Planning

Book Launch for "Megaregions and America's Future"

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

Megaregions—a concept pioneered by Weitzman's Robert Yaro more than a decade ago—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–Robert Yaro, Fritz Steiner, and Ming Zhang–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.

Lisa Servon, The Kevin and Erica Penn Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, Weitzman

Building Environmental Resilience and Ecosystem Services
Fritz Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor, Weitzman

Connecting People and Places
Ming Zhang, Professor of Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin

Making it Happen: Realizing the Vision for America’s Megaregions
Robert Yaro, Professor of Practice Emeritus in City and Regional Planning, Weitzman

Barbara Faga, Professor of Professional Practice in Urban Design, Rutgers University

The panel will conclude with discussion and Q&A, followed by a reception.


If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.