UNM regional planning director: Stop trying to be a Denver or Portland

December 8, 2015 - Stephanie Guzman

Renia Ehrenfeucht, a professor who teaches about cities and urbanization, isn't afraid to deconstruct the old adage often evoked by economists, real estate developers and city leaders — essentially that cities must grow and grow quickly, or they die. Ehrenfeucht is the new director of community and regional planning at the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning. She said Albuquerque must stop trying to be a Denver or Portland — cities that are known for quick growth and booming economies — and learn to grapple with slower growth in a thoughtful way.

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