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ULI Senior Fellow Ed McMahon gives Inspiring TEDx Talk

In his TEDxJacksonville talk, “Where am I? The Power of Unique Places,” ULI senior resident fellow Ed McMahon highlights the economic, psychological, and social value of unique places. “Places don’t have to be ugly,” he says.  He explains that, in a global marketplace, well-educated workers, world-class infrastructure and the ability to turn ideas into commercial realities are all critically important to economic success–but the other critical, but often forgotten, element is “community distinctiveness.” “Communities that can’t differentiate themselves,” McMahon observes, “have no competitive advantage.” It comes as no surprise then, that many of our cities are struggling with the social, environmental, and economic consequences of creating places that aren’t worth caring about.




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