When Steven Czifra became a student at UC Berkeley in 2012, he struggled with feeling like an imposter. As a kid he started skipping school in fourth grade; at 12 he was incarcerated for the first time, and was serving a 10-year sentence by the age of 14. He remained behind bars | Read more >
As America’s cities experience a comeback, city leaders need to implement bold strategies to ensure no one is left behind or displaced. All should have the opportunity to contribute to building new urban economies that are equitable, sustainable, and prosperous. Through | Read more >
Pittsburgh is a city on the rise, yet too many residents remain cut off from opportunity by poverty, structural racism, and discrimination. Local leaders must implement a targeted, intentional strategy for equitable development to ensure all can thrive in the new Pittsburgh. | Read more >
Economic growth is often seen as an antidote to poverty (e.g. rising tides lift all boats)—but increasing inequality in regions across the country underscores the fact that the benefits of growth are often narrowly shared.
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Siphoning Off the Safety Net: How Social Services Agencies are Squeezing Revenue from the Poor and Vulnerable People They’re Meant to Serve
Revenue schemes that target the poor are not confined to a few jurisdictions or to the justice system. Rather, as Daniel Hatcher documents in his important new book, The Poverty Industry, states and municipalities | Read more >
In the face of massive displacement pressures—the byproduct of the Bay Area’s white-hot tech economy—a powerful community-labor coalition secured a significant victory for Oakland renters last month. On July 19, in a dramatic city council session that lasted well into the early | Read more >
"Robust, democratically controlled community-based organizations have the capacity to drive development locally," said Greg Sawtell, a leadership organizer at Baltimore's United Workers. The human rights organization is gearing up for a month-long exhibition of the community's | Read more >
As all eyes turn to the presidential election, many transportation equity advocates are setting their sights on more local battles, where city and county ballot measures are offering key opportunities to invest in more equitable transportation systems.
Though both Hillary Clinton | Read more >
States and localities spend $50 billion to $80 billion on tax breaks and incentives each year in the name of economic development. Historically, these traditional economic development policies and programs have not benefited all populations, and have in many cases particularly | Read more >
Changing the Opportunity Landscape by Networking Youth of Color: An Interview with Brioxy Founder B. Cole
As the first person in her family to go to college, B. Cole quickly discovered that success was determined by more than talent and hard work. It often required navigating the thousands of unspoken rules that govern how to get ahead, like knowing the right scholarship to apply for, | Read more >