The Future is Here. See it Coming.

The impacts of climate change could displace many people in parts of the United States. Cities in climate-impacted areas could lose residents and tax revenue as people and businesses relocate to safer locations. Other cities will receive displaced people, perhaps suddenly and without warning, in the wake of climate disasters. There is a pressing need to prepare for these population shifts in an organized and equitable way.

If Northeast Ohio begins to attract new residents, what factors will motivate people to move and when might this happen? Will in-migration bring jobs, ideas, and money to help revitalize our region? Will new residents displace people who are already here? Will population growth be concentrated in existing communities, or will it result in an expanded development across the region? 

This keynote address will focus on ways that communities can make climate-responsive land use decisions. We'll explore future scenarios that balance development opportunities with the need to protect land for green space and green infrastructure.

Terry Schwarz Terry Schwarz, FAICP
Terry Schwarz is the director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Her work at the CUDC includes neighborhood and campus planning, commercial and residential design guidelines, and ecological strategies for vacant land reuse. Terry launched the CUDC’s Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 in an effort to understand and address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. As an outgrowth of the Shrinking Cities Institute, she established Pop Up City, a temporary use initiative for vacant and underutilized sites in Cleveland. In 2009, Terry received the Cleveland Arts Prize for Design. She teaches in the graduate design curriculum for the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design.