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Diversity by Design

Blair A. Ruble

Arlington, VA and Markham Ontario aren’t just ‘celebrating’ diversity, they’re using policy to plan it.

Diversity by Design

Challenging stereotypes and conventional wisdom, two North American communities aren't simply "managing" diversity, they are benefitting from it in significant ways.

This article written by urban studies expert Blair Ruble, features video, infographics, and beautiful imagery to tell the success stories of Arlington, VA and Markham, Ontario. It describes how each community has reached out to new residents and built connections that convert diversity from a supposed liability to a hard-edged practical asset.

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About the Author

Blair A. Ruble

Blair A. Ruble

Distinguished Fellow,
Former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)
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Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Since 1991, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions to urban challenges—such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, and environmental degradation—by promoting evidence-based research to support sustainable, equitable and peaceful cities.  Read more