Transit-Oriented Development

Ride New Orleans

Ride New Orleans aims to enhance the quality of life in the New Orleans region by promoting safe, convenient, and affordable transportation options.  Current work includes catalyzing a grassroots organizing and advocacy campaign to improve the CBD Transit Hub, an intersection through which 5,000-7,000 transit riders pass through on a daily basis.  In terms of transit-oriented development (TOD), the organization advocates for increased density around transit stops, walkable streets, a vibrant mix of residential and commercial land uses, and zoning that promotes affordable, TOD around the ci Read more about Ride New Orleans...


Based in Oakland, TransForm aims to promote walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, ensure California is affordable, and address the nation’s climate crisis.  To do so, its work focuses on three core fronts:  1) engaging communities in planning; 2) developing and disseminating innovative programs; and 3) affecting policy change.  As a nonprofit founded in the Bay area, TransForm aims to make the region a model and testing ground for solutions that will foster more abundant, affordable transportation choices. Read more about TransForm...

Broadway Shuttle

The City of Oakland Broadway Shuttle is a free and green transit service linking the city’s key commercial districts and transit hubs.  Launched in 2010, the Shuttle aims to support local businesses, facilitate connections across the city, and reduce greenhouse gases.  About 2,700 people ride the shuttle on a daily basis. Read more about Broadway Shuttle...

Center for Neighborhood Technology

Founded in 1978, the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) aims to promote more livable and sustainable urban communities.  CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation, community development, energy, water, and climate change, and encompasses three core activities:  1) research, 2) coalition building to advocate for public policies, and 3) economic development demonstration projects to address urban sustainability in innovative ways. Read more about Center for Neighborhood Technology...

Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System

Anthony Giancatarino and Simran Noor
The Center for Social Inclusion

This report from The Center for Social Inclusion examines the effects of housing, school, land, and wage policies on access to healthy food in communities of color. It offers recommendations to surmount these challenges, such as investing in cooperatively owned food enterprises and leveraging dollars from the Affordable Care Act’s community benefit requirements for nonprofit hospitals. The report also includes several reference guides to help community groups identify and confront the particular institutions, policies, and practices that promote structural racial inequity in their food systems. 

The Cincinnati Streetcar

To help spur denser, mixed-use development, enhance the city’s walkability, and decrease development costs by reducing the need for parking, the City of Cincinnati is in the process of developing a new streetcar system. The project’s first phase is a 3.6-mile loop through the urban core that is expected to be completed in 2016. Read more about The Cincinnati Streetcar...

Rail~Volution Conference

September 21st, 2014 to September 24th, 2014
Minneapolis, MN

HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit

Cleveland’s HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) connects Cleveland’s two major economic hubs:  the downtown district and University Circle, which includes a cluster of universities, hospitals, and cultural institutions. The BRT line is a centerpiece of City efforts to use transit to support development along Euclid Avenue, which connects the two employment districts.  The transit agency has estimated that the $168 million project has helped support broader economic activity to the tune of $4.3 billion.

Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway

In a new report from the Center for American Progress, Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) outline policies that cities can adopt to become more inclusive and sustainable. The authors espouse democratic organization as a critical component to social equity and wealth creation and highlight the critical linking of anchor procurement strategies and employee ownership, as seen in the Cleveland Model, to strengthen local economies and stabilize communities.

Cleveland's Greater University Circle Initiative

Justin Glanville
The Cleveland Foundation

A new Cleveland Foundation report highlights the achievements and lessons learned from the Greater University Circle Initiative—a robust partnership among the city’s anchor institutions to foster economic and community revitalization. To date, the Initiative has created three employee-owned companies through the Evergreen Cooperatives Initiative, developed a workforce training center, launched an employer-assisted housing program, catalyzed changes to the city’s public transportation system, spurred over $140 million in new, public-private development, and helped direct an increasing percentage of the institutions’ more than $3 billion in purchasing toward local businesses.