Building a new urban practice.

Living Cities works with cross-sector leaders in cities to build a new type of urban practice aimed at dramatically improving the economic well-being of low-income people. We believe that these four core elements of our work are key to these ends:

Capital Innovation.

We blend public, private, and philanthropic financial resources in new ways to better meet the needs of cities and their residents.

Open-Sourcing Social Change.

We work at the intersections of information, people, story, and technology to accelerate the uptake of promising solutions to social problems.

Collective Impact.

We support ambitious data-driven, results-oriented cross-sector tables who work together differently to achieve large-scale results and enduring change.

Public Sector Innovation.

We work with public sector leaders to foster more nimble, collaborative, and data-driven local governments.

Where We Work

See all of the cities where we work. This map also features cities participating in our Integration Initiative, including highlighting our other work in those places.

What We’re Thinking

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jul 2, 2015

From Popsicles to Pop Music: Albuquerque Bets on Small-Scale Entrepreneurs 

Supporting diverse businesses is the cornerstone of the city’s plan to spark economic mobility.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Benjamin Kennedy on Jul 1, 2015

$30 Million Now Available for Detroit’s Main Street 

An interview with Benjy Kennedy, who led the Kresge Foundation’s work to raise the Woodward Corridor Investment Fund in Detroit, about what others can learn from its closing.

Resource on Apr 7, 2015

Week 4: Applying Business Concepts to Community Engagement 

In the fourth week of our e-course on community engagement in collective impact, we look at opportunities for collective impact initiatives to apply business concepts to community engagement work.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 30, 2015

A Laboratory for Social Change 

After being devastated by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is creating a more effective, equitable health system and reinvigorating all segments of its community.

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 25, 2015

Building on a Proud History of City Planning and Civic Engagement 

Atlanta is a city experiencing rapid growth. Through the City Accelerator, Atlanta aims to implement new methods of community engagement to make the city even better.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Ron Littlefield on Jun 23, 2015

From Civic Engagement to Meaningful Engagement 

With the launch of Cohort 2 of the City Accelerator, we have an opportunity to examine how cities work in terms of social interaction in a very unique and powerful way.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jun 19, 2015

Reflections on Charleston: And Other #GoodReads that Look Forward 

In this week's reading roundup, we examine what it takes to address the systemic issues of racial injustice, highlighting ways cities and other cross-sector partnerships are moving forward with racia…

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