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Aaron Bartley
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Aaron Bartley is the co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), which has won international recognition for its Green Development Zone, a synthesis of community organizing and development. PUSH has advocated successfully for two state-level community development initiatives: the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative and Green Jobs/Green NY, which dramatically expands access to residential weatherization and is projected to create 30,000 green jobs over the next five years.

Aaron grew up in Buffalo and attended Buffalo Public Schools. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, where he co-founded the Harvard Living Wage Campaign, which resulted in $10 million in annual wage and benefit increases for the low-income workers it represented.

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Urbanism at a Crossroads

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 4:02 PM

New Urbanism, with its focus on building walkable neighborhoods and reestablishing population density in the urban core and its ability to inspire generations of citizen planners, is among the most successful thought movements of our time. For decades, New Urbanist prophets like Andres Duany and James Howard Kunstler, building on...

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Realizing Mayor Lumumba's Promise

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:15 PM

When Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, passed away in February, he left behind a blueprint for combating poverty and promoting sustainability in America's post-industrial cities.

In his brief tenure as the mayor of a red state capital, Lumumba projected a vision that drew on green futurism,...

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The Rise of the Anchor Institution: Setting Standards for Success

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:45 PM

In urban development circles, strategies that leverage the staying power and scale of anchor institutions -- universities, hospitals and other place-based powerhouses -- are on the rise. Brimming with valuable intellectual property, and often rooted in struggling neighborhoods in desperate need of jobs, anchor institutions offer an alternative to the...

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Green Infrastructure and the Path to Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 10:07 AM

With the stock market seesawing wildly in response to cryptic statements by Federal Reserve officials about the future of the central bank's massive bailout program, we are reminded daily that the financial crisis never found resolution but instead gravitated for a time to the Fed's balance sheet.

One impact of...

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Community Power vs. the Kochs

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Criticism of energy industry leviathans Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries has gone mainstream, with outlets like the New Yorker and Bloomberg Markets chronicling corporate boardroom machinations that preserve American dependence on fossil fuels, even as the rest of the world experiences a...

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Rust Belt Cities and the New Urban Agrarianism

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 1:45 PM

In the trying times of the early 1980s, with factory closings exacting a huge social and psychological toll, billboards posted prominently in Buffalo and Detroit read, "Will the last one out of here please turn out the lights?" The message captured the spirit of the age.

Though poverty, depopulation and...

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The Recovery Runs Through the City

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 3:07 PM

Recent studies showing that about half of Americans are low income and are more likely to be stuck at lower rungs of the class ladder than Canadian and European peers are indicators of a larger, more vexing reality: the American working class is rapidly losing ground...

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Obama, Finance and the Austerity Frame

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 5:31 PM

The American economy is in crisis, with wild swings in equities markets, abysmal consumer confidence, persistently high unemployment and a collapsed housing market. Rather than facing the challenges of the present, the nation's leadership class is wedded to a set of policy prescriptions developed in another age, before the financial...

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