Tag Archives: Community Engagement

Affordable Housing: Now Brought to You by Chipotle

Denver recently met a five-year affordable housing goal one year ahead of schedule, but the city still has a long way to go. With this in mind, the Mayor recently announced a rent “buy-down” program, in which the city will purchase empty high-end apartments and then subsidize their rents for lower-income families. The plan is for local corporations and foundations to help make up the difference, and the first corporate partner is already in place: Chipotle. Read more... Read more

Our Town Grant Program

​The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Applications deadline September 11. Learn more and apply... Read more

CNU 26. Savannah Call for Proposals

​CNU is seeking session proposals for the CNU 26 Savannah Congress Program. You are invited to contribute proposals to help showcase the versatility and effectiveness of human-scaled design and excellent placemaking in building cities and towns that endure through the years, absorbing change and rising to the challenge of growth. Submissions will be accepted until September 25. Learn more and submit proposal... Read more

Oakland Launches Downtown Plan 2.0

Last year, Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Michigan announced that her administration would add 17,000 units of affordable and market-rate housing by 2024, and protect another existing 17,000 affordable homes. At the time, she said protecting residents from displacement was her administration’s highest priority, which has not been without bumps. Read more... Read more

Community-Based Efforts to Improve Local Water Quality

EPA is hosting a webinar so you can hear directly from two grantees from the EPA’s Office of Enviromental Justice (OEJ) about their success with the EJ Grants program. Learn how Tolani Lake Enterprises and PUSH Buffalo have utilized funding from the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice to improve local water quality by raising environmental awareness and strengthening community capacity. Learn more and register... Read more

When It Comes to Keeping Up Flint’s Parks, It Takes an Army

Flint adopted its updated master plan in 2013 and began holding community meetings seeking input on how residents wanted their city to grow and change, and Quincy Murphy, a local knew they could drive out the negative behavior at parks by making the community feel heard. Read more... Read more

Great Idea: Public Housing that Engages the City

In the late 20th Century, public housing in the US was routinely built in the form of “projects” that were symbols of crime-ridden, decaying cities. HUD leadership under then-secretary Henry Cisneros took the principles of new urban neighborhoods and low-income housing design and adopted them for the transformative HOPE VI program, which changed the face of public housing. These principles became standard for later federal programs like Choice Neighborhoods and similar initiatives in cities, yet the implementation of this idea continues... Read more
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