Brandon Wu's story takes place in the real estate industry, where new innovative tools are streamlining client relationships and helping to plan better cities. In this informative talk, Wu shares how deconstructing past patterns and using predictive technology can improve the ways we plan and live our lives.
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Incremental Development and the Future of the City
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So much of the real estate industry is extractive, where far-away investors mine the value from properties that line our streets. We are working toward a more generative real estate model, where local people can invest in their own neighborhoods and in that process, create new life and value that benefits their community. The kind of places we want to live in are built and maintained by people who really love them.
However, even beloved and successful places are at risk. We all know stories of boom and bust. Buildings, neighborhoods, cities are all put under great stress in times of fast economic change, whether growth or decline. At the local level, the best way we know to protect against the negative impacts of both growth and decline is this: spread the risk and the reward. We need more neighborhood-based small developers creating buildings that can adapt in times of trouble.
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