Dynamic cities have always produced vibrancy, but it doesn’t just happen. According to author Blair Ruble, it takes a plan built on a vision of community, diversity, and inclusion.
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias by ruling on Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, challenging race-neutral policies that have negative effects on minorities.
"As time passes, Baltimore will find ways to move forward. Too many Baltimoreans are too committed to their city for the current status quo to remain invariable. To do so, though, community and neighborhoods have to engage a larger world rather than build existing walls ever higher,” writes Blair Ruble.
Podcast conversation about the influence of the urban environment on Russian culture, touching on Leningrad/St. Petersburg's inner courtyards, the echoing memory-spaces of Vilnius, and the social implications of urban geography, all topics covered in my conversation with writer Mikhail Iossel.
East European musical and theatrical masters arriving in the United States beginning in the 1890s immediately recognized and praised the contributions of African Americans to American culture.
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint the University Park community in Maryland established a solar power generation plant for member residents.
To encourage a new generation of urban policy makers and promote early career research, USAID, International Housing Coalition (IHC), World Bank, the Wilson Center, and Cities Alliance are co-sponsoring the sixth annual paper competition for graduate students, seeking abstracts on urban poverty in the developing world. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will be invited to present their work in a policy workshop to be held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. in January, 2016.
On January 26, 2015, the top three winning authors of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition presented their work at a seminar sponsored by the Wilson Center in collaboration with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, Cities Alliance. Students were paired with experienced urban professionals who commented on students’ research.
There is widespread agreement, and untold publications, that argue urbanization is the defining issue of our time. There are more cities, both large and small, and more people living in those cities than anytime in human history.
"Cities around the world have become agglomerations of ethnicities, religions, classes, and nationalities. Creating socially sustainable cities that can accommodate migrants and their diversity requires policies that nurture shared identity and maintain spaces whose use can be shared by everybody, promoting a pragmatic pluralism and a culture of tolerance," writes Blair Ruble.