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Property Rights and Public Values

posted Aug 9, 2012, 2:32 PM by Action for Agriculture   [ updated Aug 9, 2012, 2:33 PM ]

Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm.  Rypkema began his consulting practice in Rapid City, South Dakota and relocated to Washington, DC in 1985. He has performed real estate and economic development consulting services throughout the United States for State and local governments and non-profit organizations with interests in a broad range of properties, from National Historic Landmark Structures to Main Street commercial centers. His specific fields of consultation include: feasibility analyses for real estate development; training in community-based development; economic revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial centers; and the rehabilitation of historic structures. Rypkema has worked with such groups as the Urban Land Institute, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the American Planning Association, the International Downtown Association, International Town and City Centre Conference, the World Monuments Fund, the Center for Livable Communities and hundreds of other international, national, statewide and local organizations. 

Prior to 1985, Mr. Rypkema was involved in the direct development and management of residential, office, retail and National Register properties. He completed appraisals of over 1500 properties including residences, office and apartment buildings, farms, ranches and athletic facilities. His background includes teaching pre-licensing and continuing education courses for real estate professionals.
(biographical information copied form http://www.placeeconomics.com/about-us/who-we-are)

The attached speech (shared with permission of the Author) was given at the National Building Museum in 2001. The content and examples are quite relevant to the property rights discussions taking place in Alberta in 2012. 

Action for Agriculture,
Aug 9, 2012, 2:32 PM