How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?
This question is one that Living Cities and Meeting of the Minds have been grappling with for some time. Today, thought-leaders and changemakers representing nearly 50 organizations have provided their take on this important issue in a “ Group Blogging Event” we have jointly convened. Participating authors hail from organizations including Cisco, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, EveryoneOn, the Digital Equity Project, and many more.
Our CEO, Ben Hecht, and the leaders of our “Connect” work, Amy Chung and Juan Sebastian Arias, have also provided their own perspectives on this question. Ben argues that we have to think of transit, often thought of as a key connector to opportunity, not as an end of itself but as one means of possibly many toward that end. Amy and Juan Sebastian walk through the work Living Cities has done in recent years at the intersection of transportation, land use and community investment.
The full list of pieces can be found here: http://cityminded.org/cal/group-blogging-event
Restoring our cities as engines of economic opportunity for all will require the ingenuity of urban leaders across sectors, disciplines, and points of view. Today’s virtual conversation is intended to created the space for leaders from business, government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and beyond to learn from each other and innovate to make our cities better.
Stay tuned today and throughout the week for blogs from us and other participants on Living Cities Catalyst Blog. And a special thanks to all those who have participated so far. We welcome additional perspectives and responses to today’s pieces.