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Urban Revitalization

Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods: Building Blocks For The Future Of America's Cities

Frank Islam | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
Frank Islam

There is an old player on the block with a new financing vehicle that is increasing the range of choices available to close that gap -- not only for American kids but for all who live, work, play and do business in those neighborhoods.

We still can't breathe: Cities choke out the poor

Kanu Iheukumere | Posted 12.04.2015 | Detroit
Kanu Iheukumere

High-fives heard across the country about Detroit's miraculous turnaround had me furrowing my brow in disbelief when I had the recent opportunity to s...

Nostalgia and Clifton's Cafeteria in Revitalized Downtown LA

Khanh Ho | Posted 10.13.2015 | Los Angeles
Khanh Ho

Clifton's Cafeteria was once one of downtown's mighty anchors and one of its most venerable eating houses anchoring the Jewelry District on bustling Broadway. Recently reopened after a four-year remodel, a snaking line had stretched down the block even at 10 p.m.

Downtown Pawtucket Offers Parking Done Right, So Why Is It Under Threat?

Eric McAfee | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel
Eric McAfee

: At a primary intersection in the weather-beaten downtown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, I came across this little row of storefronts. The photo ...

Detroit Horse Power: Urban Horsemanship Provides A Proven Tool For Changing Lives

Nancy Kotting | Posted 06.30.2015 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

There are models across the country where horses are brought into urban environments to enhance the lives of those within. They exist legally via ordinance or special use permits, some for recreational purposes such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

10 (More) Love Letters to Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

We had so many heart bombs shared with us this year that we couldn't fit them all into one post. So we're extending the love with another affectionate round-up! Thanks to everyone around the country who showed up to shower love on historic places near and dear to their hearts.

9 Love Letters to Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Now we'd like to share some of these heartwarming heart bombs with all of you. Check out these love letters from coast to coast.

The Art of Urban Conversation

Heather Lord | Posted 12.20.2014 | Detroit
Heather Lord

But what if there's also a cost to living in our own bubble? What if this disconnection also sows the seeds for violence and prejudice in our cities and communities? If you don't know the people around you, is it easier to misunderstand, hurt and be hurt, fight and fear one another?

Food, Bikes and Elephants: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in a social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, through the Pollinatio...

The Joy of DIY

Anna Clark | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

First came the Great Recession. Then came the Great Automation. Now we have a growing population of underemployed and disempowered, yet curious, capable and conscious people in need of an outlet. What are we going to do with them?

I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Motown's Prospects Are Looking Up

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

However improbable it might have seemed twenty, five, or even two years ago, Detroit could well be on the verge of a major turnaround that could make it one of the biggest success stories in urban America over the next decade.

The New Orleans Experiment in School Reform: Lessons Learned

Scott Cowen | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Scott Cowen

In New Orleans after Katrina, there was general agreement that the old way had to go, to be replaced with a new approach. Nine years later, the voice of the public continues to be crucial.

Bank Of America Deal A Victory For New York Families

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Eric T. Schneiderman

This settlement sends a strong message that banks that prey on customers and investors will be held accountable. I will continue to investigate financial institutions that bend the rules for their own benefit, and pursue equal justice for all New York families.

LA's Little Tokyo Aims to Become the Country's First 'Cultural Ecodistrict'

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Change will occur in Little Tokyo: the question is whether that change can be managed so that it inures to the benefit of Asian-American residents, institutions and businesses, and whether it will be environmentally sustainable.

Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate On Building Detroit's Future

Adam Smiley Poswolsky | Posted 05.25.2013 | Impact
Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Listing the dismal array of social problems facing the city of Detroit is easier than bobbing your head up and down to an Eminem song.

The Suprise Behind Detroit's Emerging Comeback

Jay Walljasper | Posted 12.22.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

While a new, more positive narrative about Detroit is welcome, there are problems in focusing entirely on idealistic young adventurers swooping in to save the city -- it reinforces the stereotype of native Detroiters as hapless, helpless and hopeless.

Southwest Detroit: Community-Driven Revitalization

Jay Walljasper | Posted 10.10.2012 | Detroit
Jay Walljasper

While the rebounding downtown and Midtown districts fit the usual pattern of urban progress-established institutions and developers guiding most of the changes -- other parts of town are following a different playbook for revitalization.

Off the Spreadsheet and Into the Streets

Jason Lorimer | Posted 09.09.2012 | Detroit
Jason Lorimer

A vibrant downtown is not, by itself, the answer to Detroit's problems. However, few would argue that it's not of particular importance as an anchor point for a significantly improved local economy.

A Museum With A Social Revolution To Start

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.25.2012 | Home

By Karen Cilento Click here for the original article. MOCA / Farshid Moussavi. Courtesy MOCA Nearly two years ago, we introduced Farshid Mou...

A Night in Anacostia: The Beginning of Southeast D.C.'s Rebirth

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 06.19.2012 | DC
Raymond Schillinger

Signs suggest Anacostia is next in line for resurrection. The vestiges of economic blight -- unkempt liquor stores and condemned buildings -- are slowly vanishing as startup businesses, art galleries and new restaurants take their place.

How Can the Foreclosure Crisis Have a Positive Impact on Our Communities?

Phillip Cooley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Phillip Cooley

After seeing the devastation caused by the foreclosure crisis, I wanted to find an action-based and citizen-led antidote to vacant properties and blight-ridden landscapes. I believe that change roots in community.

Leadership Lessons, Imported from Detroit

Josh Linkner | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Josh Linkner

We Detroiters have a choice. We can continue to point fingers, cry in our soup, and long for the days gone by. Or we can do something about it. We can own it, fix it, and rebuild it.

City Shaping IV: Can Target Right What Minneapolis Is About to Ruin?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.24.2011 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

Excitement has turned to disappointment in Minneapolis, and what's happening there should be a warning about safeguarding transparency in public process and civic debate.

ArtPlace Could Make the Difference In Communities Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts
John M. Eger

Rocco Landsman, Chair of the NEA, has put together a national organization dedicated to building creative places in cities around the country, demonstrating the vital link between the arts and economic development.

The City of the Future Is Already Here

Terry Tamminen | Posted 10.18.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Get the full picture of what life could be like in a clean, sustainable city of the future -- and of the business opportunities that are hidden within.