Category: design

A Suburban Model for Successful Downtown Growth

This is a guest post by Noam Bramson, mayor of New Rochelle, New York. In my city of New Rochelle, New York, our innovative and successful downtown development plan illustrates the critical role that small cities can play in achieving sustainable regional growth. Our experience could serve as a model for similar communities throughout America.

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‘Space to Grow’ Celebrates National Infrastructure Week

This is a guest post by Allison Fore, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Officer of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Last week, leaders from across America convened in Washington for Infrastructure Week 2018, which focuses on the impact of infrastructure on the economy and society and how to make improvements for the 21st century. Cities across

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In Detroit, Neighborhood Redevelopment Starts With “Trusting Your Gut”

Last Monday, the City of Detroit emerged from Chapter 9 Bankruptcy — nearly five years after it filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The June 2013 filing came at what was perhaps the nadir of the city’s spirits, battered by decades of population and jobs losses. A few months after the filing, the

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Can Columbus, Ohio Become a Model for Equitable Community Development?

In many ways, the city of Columbus, Ohio, is an outlier among its peers. It’s the most populous city in Ohio (with 886,000 residents) — despite Cleveland and Cincinnati being perhaps better known — and its metropolitan area, with 2.1 million, leads the Buckeye State as well. And unlike many other cities in America’s so-called

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How Booming Salt Lake City Can Keep Housing Affordable

The city of Salt Lake City, Utah, is booming. Between 2010 and 2014, Salt Lake City gained 4,400 new residents, doubling its pace of growth over the previous decade. Now the city’s population is rapidly approaching 200,000, in a metro area pushing 1.2 million people. Planners anticipate this growth continuing, with another 30,000 city residents

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In West Louisville, Kentucky, Investing in Equity and Inclusion

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Theresa Zawacki is the Senior Policy Advisor of Louisville Forward and member of the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship team. Louisville Forward is an integrated approach to economic and community development. The agency combines business attraction, expansion and retention activities and talent and

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In Kisela v. Hughes, Confronting Police Who “Shoot First and Think Later”

In the annals of the Supreme Court, summary reversals overturning a lower court decision without briefing or oral argument are common. But rare are summary reversals that receive media attention — because such action is “usually reserved … for situations in which the law is settled and stable, the facts are not in dispute, and the

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Across Cities, Billboards Bring Women’s Achievements to Light

This is a guest post by Rainbow Kirby-Stearns, director of corporate communication for Clear Channel Outdoor. At Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the most fulfilling aspects of my role in corporate communications is bringing light to social causes through the lens of the outdoor screen. In today’s attention-deprived society and fragmented media landscape, billboards can’t be

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Green Design Isn’t Just a Luxury. It Could Save Cities Billions.

In American cities, green design is having a moment. Solar panels, porous pavement, and green roofs are all catching on as ways for developers to reduce environmental impacts of buildings. But what happens when these features and other smart surface design elements are deployed throughout a neighborhood, or even an entire city? A new report

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