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US Conference of Mayors, 2008 (352 KB PDF)
A PowerPoint presentation on New England’s ‘Comeback Cities’ and how their revitalization strategies have put these cities back on the map, 2006 (3.4 MB)
Mark Muro, Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution Urban and Metropolitan Policy Center, March 2004 (292 KB PDF)
PolicyLink, 2008 (5.07 MB PDF)
Report on conferences by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Regional Planning Association, September 2007
A nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that reports on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics
Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform, December 2007 (780 KB PDF)
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, August 2004 (424 KB PDF)
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, August 2004 (16 KB PDF)
Urban Land Institute, Ernst & Young, 2007 (6.48 MB PDF)
National Governors Association, Council on Competitiveness, February 2007 (3.8 MB PDF)
Good Jobs First, December 2006 (9.96 MB PDF)
Good Jobs First, December 2006 (5.73 MB PDF)
Richard M. McGahey and Jennifer S. Vey, eds., Brookings Institution, 2008
Prepared by ActionMedia, July 2008 (360 KB PDF)
PolicyLink and Community Development Partnerships Network, 2005
Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University, November 2007 (4.5 MB PDF)
Alan Mallach, National Housing Institute, 2008 (492 KB PDF)
Victor Rubin, PolicyLink, 2006
Frank S. Alexander, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, October 2008
Restoring Prosperity Campaign, Smart Growth America, September 2008 (396 KB PDF)
Restoring Prosperity Campaign, Smart Growth America, September 2008 (604 KB PDF)
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2008
• A Plan for Tomorrow: Re-Thinking Density to Create Stronger, Healthier Communities (PowerPoint Presentation)
Urban Land Institute, the National Multi-Housing Council, and the Sierra Club, June 2005
• Best Practices in the Production of Affordable Housing (Policy Forum Report)
Urban Land Institute and Fannie Mae Foundation, March 2005 (824 KB PDF)
Philip Mattera, Good Jobs First, January 2006 (136 KB PDF)
Frank Alexander, Emory University School of Law, April 2005
Allan Mallach, published by the Brookings Institution, May 2008
• The Brownfields Center (website)
Environmental Law Institute
University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management
Charles Bartsch and Barbara Wells, Northeast-Midwest Institute, April 2005 (136 KB PDF)
Charles Bartsch and Barbara Wells, Northeast-Midwest Institute, October 2006 (44 KB PDF)
Evans Paull, Northeast-Midwest Institute, July 2008 (working draft, 432 KB PDF)
• Brownfields and Land Revitalization (website)
Environmental Protection Agency
The American Assembly, an affiliate of Columbia University, was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1950 and is a non-partisan, public affairs forum that illuminates issues of national policy through informed deliberation and publications for government, community, and private-sector leaders, and the public. The “Restoring Prosperity” Assembly initiative, directed by a distinguished steering committee, will serve as an action agenda for strengthening the economic development strategies of weak market cities and will complement the work of partner organizations.
The National Vacant Properties Campaign exists to provide everyone – individuals, advocates, agencies, developers, non-profits, and others – with information resources, tools, and assistance to support their vacant property revitalization efforts.
Civic Strategies is a consulting company that helps communities make important decisions. Community groups and local governments hire Civic Strategies when the stakes are high, the stakeholders are numerous, the obstacles seem great or the answers aren’t clear.
Promoting socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America’s cities and suburbs
• Smart City™
Smart City™ is a weekly, hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life, the people, places, ideas and trends shaping cities. Host Carol Coletta talks with national and international public policy experts, elected officials, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others for a penetrating discussion of urban issues.
• POP City
An informative resource promoting all aspects of life in Pittsburgh, PA.
A statewide association of more than 250 affordable housing and community development corporations, individuals and other organizations that support the creation of housing and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Jerseyans.
The UB-ESNTP’s three year mission is to encourage community development initiatives in the Martin Luther King Jr. and Fruit Belt neighborhoods located on the East Side of Buffalo, NY. The UB-ESNTP represents a significant partnership between the University and two of the most disadvantaged communities in Buffalo’s inner-city. This partnership has a specific emphasis on promoting community development initiatives in the areas of: housing, economic development, and education. In addition, the UB-ESNTP advocates for sustained, campus-wide engagement in Buffalo’s African American community.
This initiative of the Preservation Institute cites examples, such as in Milwaukee’s downtown, when the construction of a highway is detrimental to the coherence of a downtown community, and proposes smart alternatives to invasive highway construction.
Some cities, such as Youngstown, OH, realize that their population is half what it was three decades ago. Instead of holding unrealistic growth expectations, they are developing a new strategy to shrink their city by letting abandoned neighborhoods go from ‘grey to green,’ by strategic relocation and enlargement of residential yards through side lot programs. This strategy makes a desirable home out of existing infrastructure with core amenities that the population will enjoy.