EDENS, a leading national retail real estate developer, hosted Union Market Talks last week at Union Market’s Dock 5 with Richard Florida to celebrate the launch of his new book, The New Urban Crisis.
EDENS partnered with the Urban Land Institute, the Economic Innovation Group and CityLab to bring together nearly four hundred D.C. thought leaders and community advocates. “Discussing inclusive prosperity in an open forum helps us come together and appreciate our communities’ rich diversity,” EDENS CEO Jodie W. McLean said. “EDENS’ purpose has always been about enriching community, and engaging with community leaders, urbanists, neighborhood activists and businesses. It is essential in DC and throughout the country that we all work together to create opportunities for all.”
Speakers included Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, former mayor of Pittsburgh Tom Murphy, The Atlantic‘s Ron Brownstein, Economic Innovation Group’s Steve Glickman, EDENS’ CEO Jodie W. McLean, CityLab’s Rob Bole and author and urbanist Richard Florida.
The program began with the first public discussion of the New Urban Crisis between author Florida and The Atlantic‘s Brownstein. “We need to shift more power to the cities and public and private partners need to work together, now more than ever, to tackle our inequality and geographic divides to create a better way of life for all.” Following panels included robust discussions exploring the purpose and impact of inclusive prosperity in growing cities like Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit. “Access to opportunity is the key to inclusivity,” explained EIG’s Glickman. D.C. Mayor Bowser closed out the day’s program stating, “to be inclusive we have to increase the incomes of local residents, we have to make affordability in housing a focus for everybody, and we have to be aggressive in holding everybody accountable.”
Union Market, renowned for its efforts to cultivate ideas, launch and scale businesses and celebrate its neighborhood, provided the platform for city and business leaders to address the challenges facing our urban communities.
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