This week, we're sharing a round-up of articles and information on hot topics surfaced at a gathering of our problem-solving network.

This week, Living Cities and members of our problem-solving network met in Philadelphia to discuss a question that drives much of our work: How can we build a new type of urban practice that gets dramatically better results for low-income people, faster?

Here’s a look at some of the conversations that emerged at the convening in response to that question - and some #GoodReads that can help you learn more!

Racial Equity and Inclusion

We know that low-Income people in American cities are disproportionately people of color. Participants attended a deep-dive session exploring what it has taken to advance racial equity in San Francisco, CA and discussed what other cities could learn from San Francisco’s work.

Data about racial equity in San Francisco

Read more about Racial Equity and Inclusion in San Francisco and elsewhere:

Community Engagement

Some participants spent their time exploring different practices in the field of community engagement - specifically asking, what role do and should communities play in this new type of urban practice?

Read more about Community Engagement from our CEO, Ben Hecht:

Civic Technology

Data and technology are hot topics in the urban innovation space right now. At the convening, participants discussed the promise of civic technology when it is built to explicitly improve the lives and economic well-being of low-income people.

New Urban Practice Summit Civic Tech Convo

Participants grapple with the myriad possibilities of civic technology.

Read more about the promise of Civic Technology from our innovation partners:

Resilience and Revitalization

There’s a lot to be learned about resilience and revitalization from Detroit. The conversations in Philadelphia spanned topics from blight to population stabilization, and beyond.

New Urban Practice Summit Detroit Convo New Urban Practice Summit Detroit Data Walk

Right: Participants discuss population stabilization in Detroit. Left: Data on effective land use is displayed as part of a data-walk.

Read more about Detroit from Kresge Foundation President and CEO, Rip Rapson: