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This St. Louis Resident Is Optimistic About His City, Despite Its Troubles
The first stop on HuffPost’s “Listen To America” bus tour was St. Louis, Missouri. We learned how communities in "The Gateway to the West" have suffered and where change is needed.
The Movement to Transform Data Into Action in US Cities
From crime reduction to eliminating blighted properties, cities across the country are using data to improve services, meaningfully engage residents, and make better decisions.
Post-Katrina Struggles Continue in the Lower Ninth Ward and Parts of West Bank New Orleans
In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Rev. Charles Duplessis of Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church says an estimate that less than half of that area's pre-Katrina population has returned looks accurate.
Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars
Michael Shank, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU's Center for Global Affairs
The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.
How the Question, 'What is Art?' Got Real Yesterday in Detroit
Harvard College graduate working in real estate/development as...
To dole out fines for wall art, or sell the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets to satisfy creditors in the city bankruptcy, would be to destroy the core of what sustains this city and will continue to make it stronger.
Detroit's New Task Force Report Is "Blight" On Cue
Writer and urban scholar
The lessons from the past, including resistance that led to rethinking the top-down approach and discrimination embedded in the postwar federal urban renewal program, suggest that efforts to reshape American cities' landscapes will not succeed without community buy-in.
A Standalone Sears: Is There Weakness in Numbers?
Urban Planning Consultant
Meanwhile, Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge took the ailing Sears corridor to a whole new level. In December 2005, most of Cortana
Brooklyn Bar Wants to Handcuff Eminent Domain Abuse
Institute for Justice's Director of Activism and Coalitions
What would you do if your favorite neighborhood watering hole was being demolished for a rich, greedy developer? Handcuff yourself to the bar, naturally.
Forest City's Longshot Bond Issue in Brooklyn
Author, "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in ...
As Forest City Enterprises markets bonds for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn -- which includes the most expensive basketball arena in the country -- I'm struck by how tenuous the whole thing is.
Home, Blighted Home
Co-founder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
I put my toe in the real estate market. I asked friends what should I be looking for, and they all said the same thing, "You gotta find something in a substandard and insanitary neighborhood."
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A Blight On Summer: Where Have All the Tomatoes Gone?
Michele Kayal writes about the intersection of food, culture a...
This weekend I was asked to pass judgment on tomatoes. Which is far better than water because a) they have an actual taste, and b) good tomatoes are so hard to come by.
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