In a speech at the Urban Land Institute’s 2016 Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai, Rob Speyer discussed the important connection between transportation and real estate in cities across the world.
With an enormous number of people expected to move to cities in the future, mayors are in a unique position to craft smart, sustainable transportation policies – and Speyer noted that connectivity is key.
“Inspired by China’s high-speed rail, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti came right here, to Shanghai, to learn how to move more people, in less time, with fewer cars,” said Speyer. “Shanghai is where Garcetti learned how to cut congestion and the air pollution that’s been suffocating L.A. for decades. The reason why the mayor has created a plan to build thirty-two miles of subways in L.A.—get the locals out of their cars and into city trains.”
“In just two decades, L.A. hopes to cut the use of private cars by 1.7 million miles each day. That’s the equivalent of six daily trips to the moon and back. It’s a winning formula. Fewer cars, less exhaust, faster trips, and it will mean a boost in real estate values.”
Speyer explained how real estate and transportation are becoming more connected every day and commended the mayors of Shanghai, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro for their foresight on these issues.
“So where does this lead us? If the 20th century was about driving more cars, the 21st century will be about getting those cars off the road,” said Speyer. “Where cars once helped cities to thrive and to grow, too many cars are threatening to choke that growth. That’s why in cities like Shanghai, Shenzhen, L.A., and Rio, the car of the future has become the train.”
“Transportation has always been a big part of real estate. But as more and more people jam themselves into fewer and fewer cities, transportation will become inseparable from real estate. That means get ready for more deals like the one between Vanke and Shenzhen Metro. And it also means, that what was once viewed as a perk —safe, reliable access to transportation— is becoming a requirement.”
Watch Rob Speyer’s whole speech, which can be viewed below: