Rolf Pendall to discuss policies, practices to make millennial cities more inclusive at Bloustein School's Catlin lecture, March 8

February 18, 2016

Rolf Pendall, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute, will present the Bloustein Schools’ 2016 Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture, “Building Inclusion into the Millennial City,” on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  The event will begin at 4:30 p.m and will be held at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. The event is free and open to the public but registration is requested.

The U.S. city was built for the baby boom. Its bones were formed when the U.S. was in its final decades of legal apartheid and fleshed out over four decades of rising inequality. The baby boom is still here and will continue to shape cities, suburbs, and rural areas. But we now need to accommodate a new generation— the millennials—whose coming of age will require millions of new rental housing units. Where will this housing be built? How will established housing and communities adapt to meet their needs while also allowing Baby Boomers to live comfortably well into old age? How do the answers to these questions differ depending on where we look?

In this lecture Dr. Pendall will look at recent trends, chart out national future prospects, suggest alternative scenarios for local areas with a special focus on the Boston to Washington corridor, and identify policies,  practices, and incentives that could make millennial cities more inclusive in 50 years than baby boomer cities are today.

Dr. Pendall is Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute.  In this role, he leads a team of over 40 experts on a broad array of housing, community development, and economic development topics, consistent with Urban Institute’s nonpartisan, evidence-based approach to economic and social policy. Pendall’s research expertise includes metropolitan growth trends; land-use planning and regulation; demographic change; federal, state, and local  affordable housing policy and programs; and racial residential segregation and the concentration of poverty.

He directs the Urban Institute’s Mapping America’s Futures project, a platform for exploring the local implications of future demographic change. Other recent projects include Urban’s evaluation of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods demonstration, a HUD-funded research study on the importance of cars to Housing Choice voucher users, and long-standing membership in the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. From 1998 until mid-2010, Pendall was a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, where he taught courses and conducted research on land-use planning, growth management, and affordable housing.

This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP certification maintenance credits. For directions to the Bloustein School, please visit

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