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Housing, Transportation & The Economy

Class 37 began their Housing, Transportation & The Economy Day at the Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS (SCCAR) in Soquel. SCCAR had the coffee ready, and Swenson Builders supplied the continental breakfast.

The day began with an engaging talk by the Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, Fred Keeley. Fred talked about major events that have significantly impacted our community and the local economy. For example, he discussed the events leading up to the development of the University of California at Santa Cruz, like the requirement to first have a local community college.

This was followed by Executive Director Guy Preston and Transportation Planner (and classmate) Tommy Travers explaining how the Transportation Commission worked and current projects. By mid-morning, a panel made up of representatives from the County, and the cities of Santa Cruz and Watsonville talked about housing issues and developments in each jurisdiction and how they were addressing housing issues. Jeff Hunt, Vice President at Swenson Builders followed this from the perspective of the private sector.

The day turned out to be nice and warm, so the class had their lunch, provided by SCCAR, outside on the grounds next to Soquel Creek.

After lunch, Architect Matthew Thompson guided the class through a Charrette whereby each group had to design a neighborhood within common planning constraints. The goal was to work together to design a neighborhood that they would like to live in and explain why.

The day ended with a field trip to the Aptos Village, where the class toured a development that actually used the charrette process to build consensus among public participants.

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