Revitalizing Neighborhoods: The Federal Role

Distressed neighborhoods in US cities are a product of centuries of systemic inequalities and there is increasing evidence that living in distressed neighborhoods is harmful for children and families. The recent federal place-based initiatives of the Obama Administration aim to revitalize these neighborhoods. This paper makes recommendations for future federal work in this area. Read report... Read more

Expanding the Economic Recovery to All Americans Through Smarter Growth: Recommendations for the Incoming Administration

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One of the biggest challenges for the incoming administration is making the economy work for low- and middle-income workers and households. Smart Growth America’s short guide of federal policy recommendations, organized into five main goals, is designed to help the next administration accomplish just that by: Creating more housing choices, connecting Americans to opportunity by providing more transportation choices, empowering local communities, investing in existing communities, and making smarter, more cost-effective investments. Read report... Read more

Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting, October 24 – 27

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Join more than 6,000 leaders from around the world and from every sector of real estate and land use to share best practices and get the latest information on trends affecting the industry. The conference takes place October 24 – 27 in Dallas, Texas.... Read more

This is how California’s governor wants to make it easier to build affordable housing

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For years, Gov. Jerry Brown has resisted efforts to spend more money to build affordable housing. As part of his revised budget released Friday, Brown announced what he said was a better solution: making it easier to build homes for low-income residents. In a new package of legislation, Brown is proposing to streamline the permitting process for developers building affordable homes. Read more... Read more

Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council Policy Forum 2016, July 18-19

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Policy Forum 2016 is the signature event of the Local Leaders Council, a rapidly expanding bipartisan network of over 270 elected and appointed local government leaders who are creating the development models of tomorrow. It offers an intimate forum for mayors, council-members, county officials, agency directors, and other high level decision-makers to exchange ideas and find out what works. Registration is free to members of the Local Leaders Council.  If you are an elected leader of a unit of local government, or appointed to make investment and land... Read more

Building on Chicago’s Strengths: The Partnership for Building Reuse

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ULI Chicago partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to encourage market-driven reuse of vacant and under-utilized buildings in Chicago, and their Partnership for Building Reuse just released a summary report of recommendations and action items. Read more... Read more
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