Transit-Oriented Development

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. 

The Emerging U.S. Rail Industry: Opportunities to support American manufacturing and spur regional development

Erik R. Pages, Brian Lombardozzi and Lindsey Woolsey

This paper examines the current state of the U.S. rail transit industry along with its manufacturing supply chain and provides recommendations about potential changes for policy makers and NIST MEP to consider.

Reconnecting America: Are We There Yet?

Reconnecting America believes that through examining quantitative and qualitative data on the conditions of America's communities, their changing situation can be better addressed, and their publication Are We There Yet? : Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America attempts to explain America's economic problems and possibilities in an easily understood format. Vistors to the site can view metrics, grades, and stories featured in the publication, as well as access Reconnecting America's News and Resource Centers.

The Rise of Community Wealth Building Institutions

More people are turning to economic alternatives in which new wealth is built collectively and from the bottom up

Crossposted from Policy Network, and later published on the London School of Economics website, this blog is part of a debate event hosted by Policy Network in London, UK, that was reviewed in OurKingdom by grassroots activist James Doran:    

Five years after the financial crisis economic inequality in the United States is spiraling to levels not seen since the Gilded Age. While most Americans are experiencing a recovery-less recovery, the top one per cent of earners last year claimed 19.3 per cent of household income, their largest share since 1928. Moreover, income distribution looks positively egalitarian when compared to wealth ownership.