- Pasadena Presbyterian Church (Gamble Lounge) (map)
- 585 E Colorado Blvd
- Pasadena, CA
Chuck Marohn will be giving a Curbside Chat sponsored by the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association.
The Curbside Chat is a presentation followed by a community-specific discussion about the financial health of our places.
- Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
- Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
- What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?
The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.
(Top photo by Ken Lund)
Learn more about the Curbside Chat:
For thousands of years, humans built settlements scaled to people who walked. The knowledge for doing this successfully was developed slowly over time. In a generation, Americans transformed an entire continent around a new transportation technology. We often fail to appreciate how we are testing this approach as we go. Quite simply: it's a massive experiment.
America’s cultural belief is that growing cities experience not only opportunity and prosperity today, but the growth allows them to experience success far into the future. There is a built-in assumption that new growth pays for itself today and generates enough wealth to sustain itself generation after generation.
These are flawed assumptions.
New growth creates an illusion of wealth. Local governments experiencing growth look and feel successful. They have high revenues and very little immediate costs associated with them. Long term, as the liabilities start to come due, it is revealed that a free road isn't really free.