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Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

​Creative Places and Businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development. This report examines the importance of recognizing Creative Places and Businesses as a segment within community development equipped with shared definitions and standardized metrics; the ongoing need for technical assistance to build familiarity and expertise among community development lenders and capacity among Creative Place and Business borrowers; and the need for development of a robust ecosystem to enable impact capital to truly meet effective demand. Read... Read more

Housing in the Evolving American Suburb

This report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) classifies and compares suburbs in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States and assesses the key issues that will shape suburban residential demand and development in the years ahead. The report points out that healthy regions and fully functioning housing markets require a range of housing choices for households of different backgrounds, means, desires, and stages of life. Read report... Read more

Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities

This report examines how urban living affects residents’ mental health and happiness, and ways to use this information to create saner and happier cities. This report examines specific mechanisms by which urban living can affect mental health and happiness, and identities practical strategies that communities and individuals can use to increase urban mental health and happiness. This analysis suggests that it is possible to create sane and happy cities. Read more... Read more

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

Climate Adaption: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities, is the first study to examine in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events like flooding, heat waves, wildfires and intense storms. It found that more municipalities are preparing for climate risks than is conventionally believed, that many of those actions support multiple community goals and values, and that despite the progress much more work is necessary to comprehensively address climate risks. Learn more... Read more

New Obama Order Focuses on Improving How Feds Work With Cities

In a bid to improve coordination between the federal government and cities, counties, and tribes, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to create a Council on Community Solutions. The Council, which will include representatives from across the federal government, will aim to streamline how local governments interact with federal resources. The order builds on a growing trend whose advocates point to innovative solutions coming from the bottom up, not the top down; per that thinking, the federal government needs... Read more

Four Cities Chosen for $40 Million Investment in Public Spaces

Can investment in parks, libraries and recreation centers help reverse the worrisome trend of economic and social segregation in cities? Four national foundations are betting big on that theory. Starting today The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are coming together to invest a total of $20 million in public spaces in four cities: Akron, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis. That money will be combined with $20 million in matched funding from local sources, resulting in... Read more
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