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Creative Tourism, A Global Conversation (Excerpts) Robert H. McNulty, founder and president of Partners for Livable Communities

Creative Tourism, A Global Conversation (Excerpts) Robert H. McNulty, founder and president of Partners for Livable Communities

Robert McNulty is the Founder and President of Partners for Livable Communities, a twenty-year old non-profit organization and a national leader on issues of livability in American cities. Partners utilizes a number of pathways—advocacy, information, leadership, and guidance—to help communities solve their problems. As the founder and head of the organization, McNulty is known for his ability to forge effective public/private partnerships that can transform cities. Prior to founding Partners, McNulty had a distinguished career in federal agencies, and as a professor at the Columbia University School of Architecture. He is a frequent writer, editor, and lecturer on urban issues. He holds an undergraduate degree in business, a law degree, and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. More…

Let us talk about sustainability. We are in a wonderful time of constraint—financial, water and energy. Nothing creative occurs from times of plenty, but great activity occurs from times of challenges. There is a whole host of people that might now come together to talk about water, energy, transportation, and sprawl. How does this relate to your visitation planning for that cultural experience? Is there some opportunity to get the development community and the environmental community to break common bread? Is there an opportunity to change some of your building design and zoning policies? What will the light rail system do to the rental car business? There are major opportunities. One pundit said that with the change of our climate, the Four Corners area of this country and the Arctic will be the most impacted in the whole Western Hemisphere. You will be under dramatic change.

 

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