This past week, our President & CEO Aaron Miripol attending Smart Growth America‘s LOCUS Leadership Summit: Rebuild America’s Neighborhoods. The goal of the conference was to, “learn about important housing and tax policy changes, the future of infrastructure and real estate finance, the impact of technology on mobility, the role of equity in neighborhood redevelopment and LOCUS’s 2018 policy recommendations for federal policy makers.”

ULC attended the two-day conference to present on the panel, “Best Practices: Zoning for Revitalization Without Displacement” at the National Press Club in Washington D.C on Monday. Aaron specifically spoke towards the use of community land trusts (CLTs) at transit oriented developments as a method to mitigate displacement. During his presentation, Aaron explained the need in Denver to increase public policy around owning the land to ensure permanent affordability. To date, ULC has five properties within our Denver-based community land trust, ranging from schools to affordable housing.

It was an honor to present alongside former Maryland Governor Paris Glendening and Arlington County Commissioner Chris Zimmerman (both members of Smart Growth America) to speak on the interconnection of development with TOD and showcase examples of how to bring affordable housing to these sites. Thank you to Smart Growth America for including us in this years LOCUS Summit! It was a honor to sit alongside key figures including Gov. Glendening and Commission Zimmerman who are both taking critical steps towards building equitable and sustainable cities across the country. We hope to see you next year!

From left: Former Maryland Governor Paris Glendening, ULC President & CEO Aaron Miripol and former Arlington County Commissioner/current Vice President for Economic Development at Smart Growth America Chris Zimmerman.
From left: Former Maryland Governor Paris Glendening, ULC President & CEO Aaron Miripol and former Arlington County Commissioner/current Vice President for Economic Development at Smart Growth America Chris Zimmerman.