In Newark, A Test of New Affordable Housing Goals

A central question posed in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death is how far will cities go to assure equitable distribution of the benefits of new development. Newark, where Mayor Ras Barka has made inclusionary growth the cornerstone of his administration, offers a case in point. In 2019 a limited liability company based in New … Continue reading In Newark, A Test of New Affordable Housing Goals

In Pittsburgh’s Oakland District, A Victory for Inclusion

Long viewed as a gritty industrial powerhouse that maintained its reputation as a Rust Belt disaster after the collapse of the steel industry in the early 1980s, Pittsburgh has become a beacon for post-industrial recovery in the twenty-first century. Praised by a Brookings Institution report of 2017 for its position “as a center of world-class … Continue reading In Pittsburgh’s Oakland District, A Victory for Inclusion

In Atlanta, Striving for Equity

The election of a new mayor in Atlanta is unlikely to alter the city’s commitment to pursuing a strategy of equitable and inclusive growth as defined and advanced by retiring mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Advanced by the Department of City Planning with a commitment to achieve a beloved community worthy of Martin Luther King’s vision, … Continue reading In Atlanta, Striving for Equity

The Ecology of Homicide Panel at Penn

Last week’s annual Norman Glickman lecture at the University of Pennsylvania featured the posthumously-published book by Eric Schneider, The Ecology of Homocide. Although covering only the period following World War II until the 1980s, Schneider’s study of murder in Philadelphia had a number of powerful connections with the present gun violence crisis in the city. … Continue reading The Ecology of Homicide Panel at Penn

The Promise and the Peril of Placemaking

This week the Center for Community Progress based in Flint unveils its new data bank of creative placemaking experiments. Known as a pioneer in creating community land banks, the Center considers placemaking, when done equitably, “as one way for communities to leverage creative expression to reshape a community, reverse the systemic silencing of residents, and … Continue reading The Promise and the Peril of Placemaking

In the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death, New Tests for Achieving Equitable Development

Urbanists have long been critical of the deep subsidies directed at the construction of sports complexes for professional teams, often at the immediate expense of nearby neighborhoods, to say nothing of the drain on municipal budgets when costs inevitably outpace the presumed benefits of such investment. In recent years, activists have fought back, aiming to … Continue reading In the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death, New Tests for Achieving Equitable Development