Executive Summary of the City Studies
One purpose of the meeting was to present the findings of the National Research Program to Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, White House. Mr. Douglas summarized the current White House efforts underway to support US cities, and Mike Messner from Seminole Capital presented the background for the global financial crisis and the impacts to the US commercial real estate market. The City Parks Alliance outlined the need for urban parks and the broad range of agencies and university partners involved in the Red Fields to Green Fields program. Representatives from Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, DE provided a summary of the market research and economic conditions in specific target areas in each city, and the impacts that a Federal investment in red fields sites would have on job creation, removal of non-performing real estate (in terms of acreage), and the potential for increasing urban parks and greenspace and creating economically viable projects in revitalized areas. Presentations on candidate sites in Atlanta were given by representatives from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Dekalb County Board of Commissioners and projects in New York City, Pittsburgh, and Michigan also were featured. The event drew 80+ partners engaged on the national Red Fields to Green Fields initiative.