- California Free Trade and Globalization - Lessons of Regional Planning for the economy and environment   click here to open paper content37 kb
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Globalization of Markets, Economies and Cities- learning from the San Francisco Bay Area
Global Leaders, Global Teachers- if it happened here, it can happen there too!

Globalization of Markets, Economies and Cities- learning from the San Francisco Bay Region.

Over the past few years, the San Francisco Bay Area has experienced the boom and bust of the high-tech, ďnew-economy.Ē Silicon Valley and dot-com goods and services were speculated upon in global markets. Speculation in the regionís economy caused inflation though, ranging from higher local housing costs to higher stock prices.

Effectively, displacement of older, poorer residents by eviction occurred to capture inflated prices for the new residents of the new economy. Many locals had to move. Since the bust, stocks dropped and many of the newcomers had to leave. Remaining residents however, still face high housing prices. The median housing price in the area is now $445,000.

Cities and regions should plan for globalization with recourse from their historical economies and identity. They should similarly be realistic about the impacts of globalization upon their regionís economy, people and place. Globalizing nodal cities in developing worlds face similar phenomenon as those in developed worlds: depleted environmental resources, sprawl and pollution, rising prices and disparate economic groups.

Planners should manage these issues with the help of sustainable development guidelines.
Managing a sustainable economy and development patterns means managing globalization in the region with sustainable planning principles. Leaders, stakeholders, planners, and the people of the local communities can form the sustainability guidelines, incorporating their regionís goals and values, while protecting against unintended displacements and takings.

In the global economy, flexibility is also demanded of planning, to ensure economic development and to resolve conflict. The influence of global markets should be managed to protect a regionís cultural and historical economy, its values of production, land uses and sustainability.

The developing world should learn applications of sustainability from the best and worst cases of the developed world.
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