Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Speaker Series: Chris Leinberger

Grand Rapids, MI

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Topic: The Economics of Urbanism

Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, professor, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns.  Mr. Leinberger is:

  • President of Locus; Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
  • The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor, George Washington University School of Business
  • Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institute in Washington D.C.
  • Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit oriented development firm

His most recent book is "The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream".  He is the author of Strategic Planning for Real Estate Companies and has contributed chapters to 12 other books.  He is an Op-Ed Contributor to the New York Times, writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and numerous other magazines.  CNN, National Public Radio, Atlantic Cities Channel, Washington Post, among others, have profiled him.

Leinberger was voted one of the "Top 100 Urban Thinkers" in a 2009 poll conducted by Planetizen, the international urban planning website.  He was the 2010 William H. Whyte Urbanism Award winner by Partners for Livable Communities.

Leinberger is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Business School and lives in Dupont Circle in Washington D.C.