Rolf Pendall: Building Inclusion into the Millennial City
Rolf Pendall is director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. In this role, he leads a team of more than 40 experts on a broad array of housing, community development, and economic development topics, consistent with 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 institute's Mapping America's Futures project, a platform for exploring implications of future demographic change at the local level. Other recent projects include Urban Institute's evaluation of the U.S. 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. Between 1998 and mid-2010, Pendall was an associate 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.
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? Pendall discusses recent trends, charts out national future prospects, suggests alternative scenarios for local areas, and identifies policies, practices, and incentives that could make Millennial Cities more inclusive in 50 years than Baby Boomer cities are today.