Tag Archives: Low-Income Communities

Congress Is Making a Bipartisan Push for an Urban Development Tax Credit

Members of the House and Senate have moved to protect a program that gives tax credits to businesses that create jobs and other economy boosters in low-income communities. The U.S. Treasury’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which targets poor zip codes both urban and rural, has gained bipartisan support and many friends in both the urban development and business worlds since its implementation in 2000. Two new bills introduced last week — both called The New Markets Tax Credit... Read more

EJ 2020 Action Agenda

The EJ 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), EPA’s strategic plan for advancing environmental justice from the years 2016-2020, plays an integral part in fulfilling the agency’s mission by focusing attention on the environmental and public health issues and challenges confronting the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations. EJ 2020 consists of eight priority areas and four significant national environmental justice challenges; each of these areas have laid out the agency’s objectives, the plans for achieving them, and how EPA... Read more

Climate Change Is Already Forcing Americans to Move

As global warming causes more extreme weather and sea-level rise, coastal communities around the U.S. are starting to think about whether, and how, to help people move away from the water. But one group of Americans is already being displaced by climate change — not through innovative urban and land-use planning, but official indifference. Read more... Read more

DIY Urban Planning is Happening All Over the Country. Is It Only for White People?

As cities across America undergo a revival, their denizens are bursting with practical ideas to improve their neighborhoods, and they feel empowered to try them out. This spirited flurry of “city hacking” has opened the lid on the wonky discipline of urban planning and is starting to change the fabric of people’s daily lives. But since many cities also contend with stark inequality, it’s worth asking who these fixes are intended for and how this new spirit of engaged urban... Read more

Milwaukee Bike-Share Teams Up With Housing Authority on System Expansion

Milwaukee’s Bublr bike-share system launched two years ago with a mere 10 stations. But it is gradually expanding, and by the end of this year, officials are looking to have 58 stations in operation. With a $62,000 grant from People for Bikes’ Better Bike Share program, Bublr aims to ensure its growing system is accessible regardless of people’s income. Read more... Read more
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