We explore some dominant trends that we believe will impact America’s cities and their low-income communities in the coming years; discuss the trends’ interconnectedness, and offer our thoughts on how to address some of our most serious challenges.

Living Cities is very excited to announce the release of a new paper “State of the City: 5 Trends Impacting America’s Cities” that outlines some dominant trends that we believe will impact America’s cities and their low-income communities in the coming years; explores the trends’ interconnectedness, and offers our thoughts on how to address some of our most serious challenges.

Over the last several years, Living Cities has been committed to fundamentally adapting how we work in an effort to keep pace with the changing world. Through new partnerships and initiatives, we’re actively learning what drives our cities and what creates enduring systems change. In 2012, as we looked towards the next three-year round of our work (2013-2016), we began earnestly talking to our problem solving network—from our 22 member institutions, to our grantees, partners, and other influential individuals and organizations—to better understand the social and economic climate in which we are working.

In addition to these ongoing conversations, we partnered with McKinsey & Co. to conduct an environmental scan. This analysis was designed to feed into our strategic review process, and to synthesize and crystallize existing knowledge about the state of American cities that could be shared with the field as we develop next generation systems change approaches.

After analyzing the results of the scan, it was evident that continued municipal fiscal strain, inadequate infrastructure , poor educational outcomes , the much discussed skills/jobs mismatch , and the struggling housing market are issues that will greatly affect our cities, and low-income communities in particular, over the next four to five years. The full analysis can be found here:

Resource Document: McKinsey & Co. and Living Cities Research on Trends in US Cities
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We are dedicated to sharing what we are learning, and as part of our problem-solving network, we know that you have an important role to play in that. So, we would love for you to share this paper and to join the conversation on social media about these and other trends and responses that you are seeing.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Resource Document: State of the City: 5 Trends Impacting US Cities
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