Darin Watkins

How do we build cities for the future? As secondary and tertiary communities experience more rapid growth and fewer affordable housing options, this talk explores some possible remedies. The ideas presented suggest intentional and planned communities that will be affordable to the first-time home buyers and the changing lifestyle choices of people attracted to the smaller cities. Housing shortages already exist in many growing communities, so change will need to be embraced and supported as vibrant communities will be built for the future. Darin Watkins is a born and raised Spokanite. You may recognize him from his previous career in broadcast journalism. When Darin isn’t working with the Spokane Association of Realtors, you’ll find him exploring someplace new, learning about different cultures. When asked what Darin hopes people take away from his time on the TEDxSpokane stage, he answered, “That people recognize how their fears and perceptions directly affect policymakers and prevent growth.”