Voices from Forgotten Cities: Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America's Older Small Cities

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Provides a thematic summary of MIT’s Forgotten Cities seminars and a framework and analysis that arose from the discussions about daunting economic challenges faced by smaller industrial cities and the promise they hold.

Building a Better New Orleans: Hope Needs Help

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Highlights tremendous strides made by New Orleans' most vulnerable people after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and also calls on the federal government, the private sector, and the public to do more to create a truly vibrant and equitable city.

Connecting Working Families to Economic Opportunities in the Philadelphia Region: The Role of Employers

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Describes barriers to economic success faced by working families and puts forth strategies that employers, government, and the nonprofit sector can use to overcome these barriers with a focus on programs for job training, housing, transportation, and community revitalization partnerships.

Grow Newark: Building Newark's Economy by Investing in Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Examines the challenges facing women- and minority-owned businesses in Newark, NJ, and provides recommendations based on best practices that have been proven successful in other cities.

Expanding Opportunity: New Resources to Meet California's Housing Needs

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makes the case for a dedicated source of funding for California’s housing trust fund and provides a menu of viable options. The report draws from interviews with over 50 key experts in state housing policy, industry, tax, and budget issues. It presents an in-depth economic analysis and surveys best practices of housing trust funds across the nation to show how such funding can stabilize affordable housing opportunities across the state’s diverse communities.

Advocating for Equitable Development

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Provides a manual for advocates who are interested in building and applying skills to achieve economic and social equity.

Community-Based Strategies for Improving Latino Health

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Reviews common barriers to improved health among various Latino populations, including neighborhood issues, language conflict, and changing diet, and explores promising policy options and successful community-based efforts.

A Place for Healthier Living: Improving Access to Physical Activity and Healthy Foods

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Discusses a multi-level approach to improving diet and activity, describes a variety of successful community-level and legislative actions that can serve as models, and makes broad recommendations for further policy and action.

Increasing Housing Opportunity in New York City

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Makes recommendations for using inclusionary zoning (IZ) in New York City by drawing on success stories nationwide, identifying five New York neighborhoods currently slated for rezoning, and showing how IZ can increase affordable housing in those communities and whenever city neighborhoods are rezoned.

The Influence of Community Factors on Health: An Annotated Bibliography

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Developed by PolicyLink, and funded by The California Endowment, this annotated bibliography contains more than 150 entries of research on how community factors affect health. This resource provides insight into the ways that researchers have investigated community effects on health, their findings, and the program and policy implications that researchers have drawn from their work. (html and print publication)

Dealing with Neighborhood Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices

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Serves as a primer on how to view the complex issue of gentrification,  and suggests policies and strategies that can be pursued to advance equitable development by optimizing the benefits of neighborhood change while minimizing or eliminating the downsides of such change.

Leadership for Policy Change

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Describes the barriers to participation of leaders of color in local and national public policy development and the strategies that can be used to remove the barriers so that leaders can use their expertise and experience to benefit low-income communities of color and the nation as a whole.

Investing in a Sustainable Future: An Analysis of ACA 14 and SCA 11

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Addresses California’s growth, looks at how local communities are struggling to address unmet community infrastructure needs that impact quality of life, analyzes the infrastructure shortfall, and makes the case for two constitutional amendments that were under consideration in the California state legislature in 2003.

Promise and Challenge: Achieving Regional Equity in Greater Boston

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Ties the principles of equitable development to smart growth, prioritizes policy opportunities in Greater Boston, and includes strategies to improve current policies and advocate for new directions, such as the application of equity criteria to all publicly subsidized development.

Reducing Health Disparities Through a Focus on Communities

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Frames the issue of health disparities and communities in a comprehensive, integrated manner and suggests what new strategies, approaches, and policies may be needed.

Regional Development and Physical Activity: Issues and Strategies for Promoting Health Equity

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Explores the connection between development patterns, physical activity, and poor health and examines how neighborhoods that have become racially segregated and economically isolated as a result of sprawling development patterns offer few opportunities to be physically active.

Building A Healthier Sacramento Region: An Analysis of AB 680

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Synthesizes existing research on land use and regional development and provides an analysis of the potential benefits of a California Assembly Bill that would have addressed inequitable sales tax distribution, rewarded smart growth projects, and encouraged development that fosters regional cooperation and meets smart growth principles.

Bridging the Organizational Divide: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to the Digital Divide

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Explores the  intersection between the community building and community technology movements and efforts to push it forward to new places with greater synergy and policy impact.

Achieving Equity through Smart Growth: Perspectives from Philanthropy

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Reflects the learning of foundation leaders who have supported the innovators of regional equity work and crafted new institutional mechanisms to advance comprehensive equity strategies, and provides a blueprint for assessing practices in the field and ensuring that current residents benefit by new investments in the region.

Communities Gaining Access to Capital: Social Equity Criteria and Implementation Recommendations for the Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII)

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A report by PolicyLink and Urban Habitat, that examines social equity guidelines for Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII) projects. These guidelines are a tool for community-based organizations to take control of the CCII development process in their communities. CCII is attracting investment capital for keystone community development projects which have been identified and developed by community-based organizations in low-income neighborhoods, in partnership with business, environmental and government leaders.

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