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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

June 25, 2017
Mayors: Look to Us, Not D.C., For Results
Washington Post

Think Washington, D.C., and your statehouse are irredeemable and unproductive? Look to city hall for answers. That’s the message from the nation’s mayors six months in to Donald Trump’s presidency.

Bloomberg’s Next Anti-D.C. Move: $200M Program for Mayors
New York Times

Michael R. Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics.

America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors
Politico Magazine

We surveyed dozens of national and local political junkies, and came up with 11 leaders who are compelling for the fights they are waging, their personal backstories and how they are transforming their cities, often without Washington. Plus: Seven more to watch.

Copenhagen’s Model for Regenerating Cities
Next City

Thirty years ago, Copenhagen was experiencing 17.5% unemployment, falling population, the loss of manufacturing, the decline of taxing capacity, and an annual deficit of $750 million. Today, the city is one of the wealthiest in the world. How did the Danish capital do it?

Denver’s Displaced Pushed to New Pockets of Poverty
Denver Post

This inevitable march of progress into neighborhoods that once were affordable for a city’s lowest-income workers was dubbed “a racial and class diaspora” by Portland’s director of housing at Denver’s housing summit last month. And that’s no exaggeration.

Will $4B Development Save Dallas’s Midtown?
Dallas Observer

After years of expectant waiting, rumors and City Council sessions, ground has finally been broken on Beck Ventures’ much-anticipated “city within a city,” Dallas Midtown, at the site of Valley View Mall.

DC Councilmember Wants to Adopt State Government Titles
Greater Greater Washington

DC Councilmember David Grosso wants to start calling DC’s mayor its governor, for the council to be the “legislative assembly,” and for councilmembers to be referred to as “representatives.” Would Grosso’s idea move the District anywhere closer to statehood?

June 22, 2017
The GOP’s Suburban Nightmare
Politico

Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th District wasn’t a triumph. It was a warning for a party losing its grip on the places that forged its modern identity.

Mega-Donors Should Support Community Funders
Inside Philanthropy

A future in which donors from the top .01 percent increasingly decide which nonprofits and ideas get backing feels out of step with the egalitarian ideals of U.S. society. Is there a way to balance voluntary charity with minimizing the influence of the wealthy on greater society?

Priming Chicago’s Industrial Corridors For Redevelopment
Rebusiness Online

As Chicago has emerged as one of the country’s top tech capitals, large parcels of land across the city have remained stuck in the past, serving as roadblocks to billions of dollars in new real estate development. That’s about to change.

I’m Suing NYC To Loosen Verizon’s Iron Grip
Wired

In New York, prices for second-rate access are artificially sky-high and out of reach for many families. And what’s so remarkable is that the city actually does have the regulatory authority to do something about inadequate competitive fiber access in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Where Are America’s Real Arts Capitals?
CityLab

Big coastal cities might have iconic, profitable, and well-funded scenes. But the economic impact of the cultural sector can be larger in some surprising places.

June 21, 2017
Trump’s Housing Cuts Spare the One Program He Profits From
New York Magazine

If you think that means the president has betrayed his vow to look out for America’s “forgotten men and woman,” think again: Trump’s proposed cuts to HUD have been carefully tailored to prevent everyday, salt-of-the-Earth, billionaire landlords from experiencing any pain.

Love and Representation in Planning
Lisa Schweitzer

Planning requires representations of place. You can’t talk or deliberate about a future of anything unless you have some handle on the thing as a thing; but we still need to remember that representations of place are still far removed from the place itself.

10 Surprising Findings from the State of the Nation’s Housing Report
Housing Perspectives

Given all the time and effort that goes analyzing the data and writing the report, we are so close to it that little surprises us by the time of publication. Nevertheless, here are 10 findings in this year’s report that were new and maybe even a bit surprising.

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