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Lecture: Claude Gruen

March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

“The Unintended Economic Consequences of Contemporary Land Use Policies, and What to Do About Them”  with 

Claude Gruen is the principal urban economist of Gruen Gruen + Associates, the economic behavioral research based consulting firm he formed with his wife, urban sociologist Nina J. Gruen in 1970. The firm has offices in San Francisco and Deerfield, Illinois, and has completed more than 1,200 assignments for public and private clients concerned with a broad variety of real estate development and public policy issues. He has been Special Master for the Federal District Court in Northern California since 1999, where his work has included remediating and developing 545 homes on an 84-acre contaminated site of a defunct steel mill, enabling the funding of a formerly insolvent health plan for the retired steelworkers. Examples of the many private projects completed by Dr. Gruen’s clients include the mixed-use Settler’s Landing Project for Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, and the Hacienda Business Park in Pleasanton, California. For twenty years, he has been the economic and pre-architectural programming consultant to the Asset Enhancement Branch of the State of California General Services Administration. To date, the Asset Enhancement team has developed and sold more than $1 billion of previously vacant or underutilized State property.

Dr. Gruen earned a PhD in economics at the University of Cincinnati and has served on the faculties of Xavier University in Cincinnati and the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a columnist for the Institutional Real Estate Letter since 1991, and is the author of New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward (Rutgers University Press, 2010). His topic at the seminar will be: “The Unintended Consequences of Contemporary Land Use Policies and What to Do About Them.”


March 14, 2012
5:00 pm