PODCAST: Sidewalk Chief Alison Novak On Improving The Relationship Between Developers And Communities
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Alison Novak runs Sidewalk Labs Urban Development, a commercial development advisory business that is part of Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. She sits down with Bisnow this week to talk about the way her company is working with developers across the country to create more sustainable and equitable projects.
"Developers are realizing, 'What we are doing is just getting more and more untenable.' The level of adversity between the developer and the community is getting so, so bad that it's hard to push projects forward that could ultimately be very beneficial," she said on the podcast.
Novak previously was an executive for New York-based developer the Hudson Cos., which builds mixed-income housing. Sidewalk Urban Development is working on projects in Las Vegas, Miami and Vancouver.
"We need to find some other ways to have this conversation," Novak said. "The communities often feel like the developer is quite extractive of them, and the developer goes into the conversation thinking, 'The community is going to extract a bunch of things from me.'"