Episode 60: Gateway Cities & Creative Placemaking

Benjamin Forman, Director of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute at MassINC, says residential property values are higher in communities that have more arts and culture. He says municipal leaders should take stock of that when considering modest public investments in strategies such as Cultural Districts and the economic returns that they yield.

Ben FormanBenjamin Forman has served as MassINC’s research director since 2010. Prior to joining MassINC, he oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. He also has experience as a researcher at the Brookings Institution and as a research assistant at Nathan Associates, a global economic development consulting firm.

Benjamin sits on the boards of Urban Edge Community Development Corporation and Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc. He also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center Advisory Board and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston’s Advisory Board. He graduated from Trinity College, Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in economics and completed his master’s degree in city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Building Vibrancy – Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal

Cover art from Building Vibrancy - Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal, by MassINC.

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