In a joint forum with The American Conservative magazine, the R Street Institute hosted a pair of July 31 panels at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center in Washington, D.C., to explore the conservative case for traditional urbanism, and outline the way forward for responsible development of U.S. cities and towns.

In the first panel—which also featured Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor of The Federalist; Jason Segedy, director of planning and urban development for the City of Akron, Ohio; and Lewis McCrary, executive editor of The American Conservative—R Street Visiting Senior Fellow Jonathan Coppage made the case that conservatives should acknowledge and be concerned about the ways that decades of wrong-headed government planning often served to destroy architecture, cultures and vibrant neighborhood institutions that are the lifeblood of American cities.

Jon also moderated a second panel featuring New York Times columnist Ross Douthat; Benjamin Schwarz, national editor of The American Conservative; and Aaron Renn, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

Full video of both panels is embedded below:

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