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:

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.

Capital Innovation.

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

Public Sector Innovation.

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

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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.

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What We’re Thinking

Blog Post Thomas Houston on Jan 16, 2018

Reflections on the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Living Cities staff members share reflections on the power and relevance of his messages today.

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan & Sabrina Mutukisna on Dec 7, 2017

The Town Kitchen Q&A: Lunch with a Purpose 

We sit down with San Francisco entrepreneur Sabrina Mutukisna to talk social impact in this Q&A piece.

Resource on Nov 29, 2017

Resilience, Equity, and Innovation: The City Accelerator Guide to Urban Infrastructure Fi… 

Our latest City Accelerator guide, “Resilience, Equity, and Innovation,” we share the tools and processes four cities, Pittsburgh, Saint Paul, San Francisco and Washington D.C., explored in an effort to increase equity and fund infrastructure.

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Brandee McHale on Nov 29, 2017

Funding the Inclusive Cities of Tomorrow, Today 

Resilience, infrastructure, and equity go hand-in-hand.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 15, 2017

#BensTake: 5 Elements for Creating Inclusive Economies 

Five key elements that must be central to any efforts to build inclusive economies.

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Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Nov 7, 2017

#GoodReads: Blogs We're Reading on Racial Equity 

This #GoodReads series spotlights media and resources that help us better understand racial inequity and what we can do about it.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 26, 2017

#BensTake: What's Next for Municipal Innovation? 

3 key lessons help chart a path forward for anyone wanting to support the next phase of the municipal innovation movement.

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