Dr. Cruz’s UW-Green Bay students have interned in local planning and community development agencies and organizations. He strongly believes in getting students to act local while thinking global. As part of this global link Dr. Cruz leads students on travel courses to Ecuador and Switzerland.
UW-Green Bay faculty, students, city and state government, citizens, and developers collaborate to reveal and respond to the demographic shifts in local community. In the Green Bay Press-Gazette (June 9, 2013), Dr. Cruz reported that residential living increasingly are in demand in downtown Green Bay, the story says, and it’s a local trend that mirrors what’s happening elsewhere in the country. Empty nesters, young, upwardly mobile professionals and dual-income married couples without children are driving the trend, Cruz said. “They want to be able to work and play and live nearby, where they don’t have to use their automobiles,” said Cruz, who lives downtown and doesn’t own a car. He added that urban planners like the popularity of downtown living because increased residential density requires fewer resources and is more environmentally friendly. But whether it’s sustainable long-term remains a concern, Cruz said.