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Let the innovators lead

Let the innovators lead By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker [space] Less than half a decade ago the term LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was unknown to virtually everyone in the development industry and municipal government. Today even considering a major new development that does not include sustainable and LEED features is not only […]

Green entrepreneurial capital leading the way to a new economy

Green entrepreneurial capital leading the way to a new economy By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker [space] One of the most exciting things happening in our economy these days is a path that is being solidly constructed to pave the way for a new sector in our global economy that is sustainable. Entrepreneurs with great […]

Confluence of forces leads to a new era for the built environment

Confluence of forces leads to a new era for the built environment By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space] We are at a crossroads, and depending on your perspective, it could either look like we are on the precipice of a new era or that we have gone over the cliff. The incredible run of […]

ROI of sustainability

ROI of sustainability By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space]In past columns we have discussed sustainability, green building materials and global warming. But are we really talking about real estate and is there a connection? [space]Portions of this seemingly unstoppable movement are deeply rooted in the concern for the environment and the science-based proof of […]

The new green belief system

The new green belief system By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space] “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – -Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher [space]At a recent community planning charrette setbacks for a multi-family home development adjacent to a […]

Cooperation needed to succeed in emerging sustainable economy

Cooperation needed to succeed in emerging sustainable economy By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space] Joseph S. Nye Jr., is former assistant secretary of defense and dean of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is author of “Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics.” Soft power is a term that […]

Infrastructure: invest or collapse

Infrastructure: invest or collapse By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space] I was struck how a short drive could be so symbolic of our current land-use and budget situation. Early one Monday morning, I rolled out my trash and recycling bins. That always gives some guilty pleasure, like getting dessert for free at a restaurant. […]

The pole shift to a global green economy

The pole shift to a global green economy By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space]The Mayan calendar marked the year 2012 as the end of their “26,000 year cycle.” The Mayans may have been prophetic. Some have said that their culture was in tune with nature, and others have claimed the Mayan culture collapsed as […]

Housing market cooling provides time to reflect

Housing market cooling provides time to reflect By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space] The economics of housing are a foundation of urban planning as it is a foundation of the domestic economy. Massive amounts of American’s net worth are tied up in their houses. But housing is also connected to our money supply, education, […]

San Diego’s Future – Make No Small Plans

San Diego’s Future – Make No Small Plans By: Tony Pauker and Mary Lydon [space] In January San Diego will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nolen Plan, San Diego’s first long range urban planning document. John Nolen was a relatively unknown Philadelphia landscape architect hired by San Diego businessman George Marston to prepare a […]