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To Attract Amazon, Let’s Invest in Ourselves

By Brad Segal, published in the Denver Business Journal, Sept 22, 2017 In pursuing Amazon’s HQ2, the holy grail of economic development, Denver finds itself in a most unlikely position – a favorite. The irony is most appreciated by those of us that have been involved in the evolution of this city since the 1980s. Then an economic basket case, metro [...]

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

All In Denver: New Voices and New Choices in Denver’s Growth Debate

Last week’s election emphasizes the importance of local initiative.  Good things happened in Denver – school funding and bonds were approved for DPS, the region supported arts and culture through an extension of the SCFD tax and state voters approved a significant increase to the minimum wage.  Since the summer, we at P.U.M.A. have been supporting the creation of a new [...]

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

2017 Global Trends Report Now Available!

The 2017 edition of P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report highlights opportunities arising from converging shifts in demographics, lifestyles and competition that are rapidly shaping our cities.  An award-winning research effort, P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report is a go-to resource for downtown management organizations, business leaders and local decision-makers. 2017 marks the tenth year that Progressive Urban Management Associates (P.U.M.A.) has conducted ground breaking [...]

September 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

On Gentrification and Social Equity

P.U.M.A. senior strategist Yvette Freeman offers the dual insight of having lived in a neighborhood that has undergone gentrification and worked for downtown business improvement districts that are promoting community vitality.  The following comments were made by Yvette to set the stage for a discussion on Gentrification and Social Equity at the recent International Downtown Association annual conference in San Francisco. [...]

October 12th, 2015|4 Comments

Global Trends Update: Social Equity Benefits the Downtown Economy

Our 2014 Global Trends Report revealed several new influences shaping downtowns including the growing social equity movement.  Social equity is characterized by a fair and equal opportunity for residents to achieve upward socio-economic mobility.   The most visible indicator of the issue is growing income inequality in America, which is now at its most extreme since the 1920s.  The issue is politically [...]

September 27th, 2015|0 Comments

After 28 Years, Goodbye LoDo

In the spring of 1987, I was hired by the Downtown Denver Partnership to open a storefront office in the Barth Hotel to advance revitalization efforts in the decrepit Lower Downtown district.  At the time, Denver was reeling from a real estate depression triggered mostly by a bust in oil and gas.  Lower Downtown had taken on the worst, with most [...]

September 7th, 2015|1 Comment