About Randall Lewis
Randall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies.
He is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives.
He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder's Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders.
Mr. Lewis was named in the Los Angeles Times 2006 “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in southern California. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame.
Mr. Lewis is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education.
He is recognized as an expert in the real estate industry and is frequently quoted in various newspapers, magazines and trade journals. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Planning, Visioning & the Future
of Inland Southern California
November 19, 2013
William Fulton, nationally known planner and the Planning Director of the City of San Diego, discussed “Planning, Visioning & the Future of Inland Southern California” at the Nov. 19 Randall Lewis Seminar.
Changing demographics and attitiudes among the Millennial Generation -- generally considered those young adults now aged 19 to 29 -- could present challenges to primarily suburban areas as the Inland Empire, Mr. Fulton said.
Single-family homes in a suburban setting -- the mainstay of Inland Southern California -- will likely be less attractive to Millennials, many of whom shun homeownership. While a single-family home will still be in demand for some residents, it may be a less attractive housing choice in the future' Fulton said.
Millennials also seem to shun car ownership and generally favor living in more urban environments, within walking distance of commercial development and mass transportation, he said. And they are more likely to choose a place to live that meets their lifestyle before searching for a job.
The vast majority of college educated young people choose where to live based on factors other than employment opportunities, he said. Creating attractive, mixed use communities attracts these people, and in turn, they attract business, he said.
While Inland Southern California does have a few urban-like settings, it will be more challenging for the region to devise mobility solutions because of the greater distances residents must now travel to get to a variety of services.
The region's more suburban-style development likely will make it less competitive to more urban regions, Fulton said, and it will have to work harder at marketing to a dwindling number of people seeking a suburban environment. At the same time, the region should consider gradually re-doing its older development and creating more new development in a walkable, more urban-like setting, he said.
Fulton's appearance is the third in a series based on the theme, “Envisioning a Future for Inland Southern California.” The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development is inviting a diverse group of community leaders and committed citizens of Inland Southern California - including elected officials, education leaders, major employers, and heads of civic and environmental organizations - to take stock in the region’s assets, design plans to enhance those assets, and work together as a region for mutual benefit.
The seminar series’ focus is the result of a growing number of leaders in U.S. cities and suburbs who are working together to develop their communities into economic powerhouses and raise the quality of life in their regions.
These leaders are capitalizing on their region’s distinctive assets – such as their natural surroundings, history, business strengths and educational institutions – and collaborating to improve their communities from within.
The concept is gaining momentum, in part because of the writings of planning and land use analyst Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute; and Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution, authors of the book, “The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities an Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy.”