The Daniel Rose Fellowship is a year-long program intended to benefit its individual fellows through leadership training and professional development opportunities, and benefit their respective cities through technical assistance on a local land use challenge. By combining a core curriculum of real estate market economics and creative public finance tools with topics such as urban demographics, infrastructure, and sustainability, the fellowship provides discussion sessions that address the current decision-making climate facing cities. Cities are selected based on previous displays of land use leadership, the program’s desire for a diversity of location and market types, and the cities’ potential to position themselves on a sustainable path for economic prosperity in the years ahead.
The four mayors selected for the 2010–2011 class are from Charlotte, Detroit, Houston, and Sacramento. Each is leading a team of three additional fellows from their respective cities, including public and private sector representatives. Each city’s team will spend the year focusing on a selected land use challenge. The ULI Rose Center will provide them with access to national experts, structured working retreats to facilitate peer-to-peer learning, and opportunities to visit relevant projects and learn from the private and public sector leaders who got those projects built.
Charlotte’s selected land use challenge is to implement its plan to reorient development away from the U.S. Route 74/Independence Boulevard corridor—which is being converted to a limited-access highway—and toward an internal street network focused at neighborhood nodes. The goals of the project are to enhance walkability, strengthen existing neighborhoods, and reverse decades of disinvestment caused by uncertainty about the transportation project, which has proceeded in stages over several decades and may ultimately prove financially unfeasible for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to complete. In addition to Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, the leaders to serve as Daniel Rose fellows from Charlotte are Debra Campbell, director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department; Danny Pleasant, director, Charlotte Transportation Department; and Gene Conti, transportation secretary, North Carolina.
Mayor Dave Bing of Detroit has directed his team to focus on the Livernois corridor, a once-thriving neighborhood commercial thoroughfare. While many businesses remain on the corridor today, the quality and diversity of the retail mix is not adequate for the adjacent neighborhood, causing significant retail leakage. Livernois is home to the University of Detroit Mercy and has a unique history of a high concentration of popular, longstanding African American–owned businesses. In partnership with the university and other area stakeholders, the Detroit team of Daniel Rose fellows will work to see Livernois once again thrive as an urban main street that draws visitors from the city and region. Detroit’s other three fellows are Karla Henderson, group executive, planning and facilities; Marja Winters, deputy director, Planning and Development Department; and Olga Stella, vice president, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
Houston’s land use challenge focuses on how the city can approach redevelopment of its rapidly deteriorating multifamily housing developments, a widespread problem that is threatening the city’s supply of workforce housing and deterring investment in adjacent commercial corridors and single-family neighborhoods. Two different contextual case study sites are proposed—the Broadway corridor north of Hobby Airport, and the Antoine corridor through Greater Inwood and Near Northwest. In addition to mayor Annise Parker, the Houston Daniel Rose fellows are Jim Noteware, director, Housing and Community Development Department; Andy Icken, the city’s chief development officer; and George Greanias, president and CEO, Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will use the Daniel Rose Fellowship year to address the Railyards, a 240-acre (97-ha) infill site adjacent to the central business district. The site is planned as a vibrant high-density mixed-use, mixed-income community. At buildout, the current plan calls for up to 1.8 million square feet (167,000 sq m) of retail space; 2.3 million square feet (214,000 sq m) of office space; and as many as 12,000 housing units anchored by the historic central shops, as well as hotels, museums, theaters, parks, and cultural amenities, including a potential arena/performing arts center. Infrastructure projects on the site, including new bridges and roadways, are already underway. Since approval of the land use plan in 2007, the local and national economy has undergone a dramatic transformation. As a result, the land use plan as well as the quantity and distribution of uses will need to be adjusted. The other three Daniel Rose fellows from Sacramento are John Dangberg, assistant city manager; John Hodgson, president, Hodgson Company; and Mike McKeever, executive director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments.
The ULI Rose Center will also develop general educational materials from the work in these four cities, offering webinars, workshops, and sessions at future ULI fall meetings.