Pensacola, Florida Wants to Build a World-Class Downtown

The experts are always telling us that we need vibrant, diverse, active downtowns with personality to stimulate economic development and attract the affluent “knowledge workers” of the future, not to mention improve our own quality of life. But how, exactly, do we do that?

Thursday’s speaker at the Florida Institute of Machine and Human Cognition will tell us. Rob Spanier is vice president of LiveWorkLearnPlay, an international urban development advisory company that specializes in creating cool mixed-use (i.e., diverse) real estate developments and environments.

Over the last 10 years Spanier has worked on more than 30 projects from Europe to the Caribbean to the United States and Canada. He’s worked with cities, universities, private developers, banks, you name it.

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