September 1 — Dowell Myers
Professor of Policy, Planning, and Demography and Director of the Population Dynamics Research Group, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
“Understanding the Dramatic Trend Reversals in Los Angeles: The New Outlook to 2030”
Seminar Description: The new future of Los Angeles is beginning to arrive and it looks surprisingly different than the future we believed as recently as 2007. More than just the effects of the Great Recession are at work. Also important are deep-seated trend reversals that were in play since 2000 or even earlier. Among the changes are the sharp slowdown in growth and racial change, the transformation to a post-immigrant metropolis, the rise of the Millennials who are flooding our housing and job markets, and the twin threats posed by aging Baby Boomers and plunging numbers of children. All these changes require a rethinking of who are the Angelenos, what are the new potentials, and what can be done to ease the new problems. Do old policies and plans apply any longer?
Speaker Biography: Dowell Myers is a professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is a demographer and urban planner who integrates quantitative evidence with interpretations of problems and policy solutions. His research emphasizes the linkage of demographic data (census, surveys, and projections) to future trends in housing, workforce, education, taxpaying, voting, and immigration. His recent focus is construction of narratives that promote greater public understanding about pressing issues that affect our common future.