Responsible Tourism and the Economics of Uniqueness

I’ve been too preoccupied to blog the last few months, but I just came across something that’s too interesting to put aside for later.

It’s relevant for every neighborhood in Chicago, and beyond… and I only wish I could be in two places at once. If you happen to be in upstate New York, you should try to get to Responsible Tourism – How to Preserve the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg. Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute will give this free public lecture on Thursday September 3rd at 4:30pm in Milstein Hall on the Cornell University campus. Reception to follow.

Earlier in the day, McMahon will also give a separate talk in downtown Ithaca linking the importance for economic development of nurturing a sense of place. This talk is titled “Cities and Towns: The Economics of Uniqueness,” and will take place Thursday, September 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Cinemapolis. RSVPs appreciated at 607-277-8679.

McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC where he is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and leading authority on economic development and land use polices and trends.

McMahon is an especially powerful speaker on how qualities of uniqueness are connected to investment, jobs and tourism.

His visit is cosponsored by the Baker Program in Real Estate and the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, along with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and Form Ithaca. For more information, see here.

Maybe we can find a way to invite him to Chicago?