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Jonathan F.P. Rose
Jonathan F.P. Rose chairs the MTA's Blue Ribbon Commission on Climate change, and leads Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm. A thought leader in the Smart Growth, national infrastructure, green building, and affordable housing movements, Mr. Rose is a frequent speaker and writer. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Well Tempered City to be published by Harper Collins in 2014. Mr. Rose is a Trustee of several organizations including: the Urban Land Institute and co-chair of its Climate and Energy Committee; the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Enterprise Community Partners. He chairs the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission. He also serves on the leadership councils of both Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School of Architecture

Entries by Jonathan F.P. Rose

The Bell Curve Of Human Nature

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 11:35 AM

The range of human nature falls along a bell curve of behavior, with saints at one extreme, and fascists on the other. Most of us fall in the middle. Although it is unlikely that we will all become saintly altruists, leaders can shift the center of gravity of our collective...

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The Cognitive and Toxic Ecology of Impoverished Neighborhoods

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 10:43 AM

On April 15th, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25 year old African American man, was arrested by the Baltimore Police, hand and leg cuffed, and thrown into the police van. In the process, Freddie suffered a spinal cord injury, from which he died. Six police officers were indicted in his death.

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Building Communities of Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 10:20 AM

By Jonathan F.P. Rose and Nilda Iris Ruiz

In the next 40 years, the population in the United States is projected to grow by more than 90 million people, with the majority of the expansion occurring in our nation's cities (1). The growth is concentrating in urban areas because in...

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The Prosperity/Well-being Conundrum

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Earlier this year, UNICEF released a report comparing the well-being of children in 29 of the world's most advanced nations. The report compiles data on material well-being, health, safety, education, behavioral factors, and living environments, in addition to subjective "life satisfaction" surveys from children themselves. The United States...

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Elections 2010: Money Can't Buy You Love

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 6:11 PM

This week's election showed the Tea Party on the rise, America more deeply split, taxes and public spending in the crosshairs, with "me" winning out over "we." And yet these same elections also affirmed the commons.

The Trust for Public Land reports Americans voted up...

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Oval Office Speech Only a Start

(12) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 3:07 PM

President Obama's Oval Office speech on the Gulf spill has been panned by some as a failure to show transformational leadership in the crisis. But it's really a reflection of a political system that demands simple solutions to complex problems. The BP spill is destroying vast local living...

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A Strategic And Green Stimulus

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 11:48 AM

President elect Barak Obama has proposed an economic recovery bill of tremendous proportions. Unfortunately, with our rush to get cash flowing into the economy, the infrastructure portions of the current proposal, in many cases will fund the last brown projects of the 20th Century rather than the first green projects...

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Rebuild America for Climate Prosperity

(4) Comments | Posted December 8, 2008 | 10:12 AM

At the core of the current fiscal crisis is a flawed economic worldview. While American investors were trading short term credit-default swaps, much of the rest of the world was investing in long-term infrastructure to compete with us. We celebrated financial engineering and ignored civil engineering.

China is now...

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