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Recession provides silver lining for civic vision

Recession provides silver lining for civic vision By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker One of the unintended consequences of the recession is that great minds have time to ponder deeper thoughts. Innovative minds seem to be off in many directions these days planning strategies to help us get out of our plight. How to do […]

Great schools as an economic development tool

Great schools as an economic development tool By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker One of the greatest single influences on land use is public elementary and middle schools. Communities that have great public schools have great investments in real estate. High performing schools attract families to buy or rent homes. Those residents support local retail. […]

Turning the Gulf Oil Spill into Lemonade

Turning the Gulf Oil Spill into Lemonade By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker The tragic deep water Horizon oil disaster in the gulf is an immediate call to action that requires us to focus our energies nationally and locally. Nationally we need to develop independent deep water drilling regulation policies and proven emergency procedures in […]

San Diego needs to stop saying ‘Now is not the time’

San Diego needs to stop saying ‘Now is not the time’ By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker San Diego seems always faced with a number of major civic and civic related development plans. The Civic Center, the Embarcadero, Federal Courthouse, an expanded Convention Center, an airport, a main library, Lane Field, Navy Broadway and a […]

Implementing sustainable development in the community

Implementing sustainable development in the community By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker Sustainable development practices are becoming the norm for local jurisdictions. Citizens and community leaders are calling on public policy makers to develop and implement programs and initiatives that conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and protect natural resources, all while balancing economic and social opportunities. […]

When we awoke, everything was green

When we awoke, everything was green By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker Like it or not, our real estate market is taking a pause. While the lack of liquidity and fear has frozen much financial activity, it should not freeze thought and planning. When we emerge from this downturn it will be much like Snow […]

Connecting entrepreneurialism to a clean energy stimulus grid

Connecting entrepreneurialism to a clean energy stimulus grid By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker In times like these job loss is a major concern. However the pink slip can catalyze creative impulses. Steve Williams of SENTRE Partners, a successful real estate investment and services firm, used his pink slip in the early 1990s to start […]

The real looming housing crisis

The real looming housing crisis By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker We face one of the most significant housing crises this region has seen in the last half century. No, it is not the wave of foreclosures that are sweeping across our country and San Diego County. It is what will come after the foreclosure […]

Infrastructure investment as an economic stimulus – Failure is not an option

Infrastructure investment as an economic stimulus – Failure is not an option By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker [space] 2008 marks a juncture where rapidly changing economic climate, a heightened sense of environmental issues and a growing awareness of the dire condition of our infrastructure will determine and reorder the next generation of winners and losers […]

Constraints breed creativity and entrepreneurship

Constraints breed creativity and entrepreneurship By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker [space] “True creativity makes the impossible possible. It can revolutionize a product, a business, the economy and the world around us.” –Marissa Ann Mayer, vice-president, Google. [space] Depression; volatility; lack of confidence; layoffs; bankruptcies; credit markets; greed; dysfunctional legislation; uncertainty. [space] These are the […]