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Dante Ramos (“Why can’t we all just get along?”) is an op-ed columnist at The Boston Globe. He writes regularly about development, transportation, local and national politics, higher education, technology, and the transformation of the workplace. He has written for The Economist, The New York Times, and other publications and is a frequent commentator on radio and TV.


Joel Kotkin (“Suburbia reconsidered”) is a presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in California and is the executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism in Houston. His eighth book, The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, was published in April. He is also executive editor of the popular website


Allison Arieff (“Company town 2.0”) is editorial director of the California-based urban planning and policy think tank SPUR and writes about design and architecture for The New York Times and the MIT Technology Review. She is the author of the books Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America and has contributed to numerous books on architecture, design, and sustainability.


Rickie Golden (“Crossing lines”), a project director at Corcoran Jennison Companies, manages the development of urban mixed-use projects. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, she previously worked in development in New York City. Her volunteer, nonprofit work focuses on affordable housing and community development.