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by Ben Hecht on Oct 5, 2015

#BensTake: The Three Biggest Obstacles to Making Cities Work for Everyone 

Three quotes from the most recent Project on Municipal Innovation convening helped bring some of today’s biggest challenges into clearer focus for our CEO, Ben Hecht. Now, he highlights important solutions.

Blog Post Ted Smith on Oct 6, 2015

New Ideas for Old Tools: Harnessing the Community Reinvestment Act for the Futu… 

In Louisville, an innovative web platform pursues the goal of simplifying the process of collaboration between banks and community partners.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 2, 2015

Transportation Equity is On the Move: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities  

Our weekly round-up of reading recommendations focuses on equitable transit-oriented development. You won't want to miss these books and articles!

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 1, 2015

Introducing the New LivingCities.Org 

Our "new" website celebrated its first birthday in September! For #ThrowbackThursday, take a look at what we were thinking when we launched this "hub" for open-sourcing social change last year.

Person Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 

Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey–still a practicing physician–is President & CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, she served as the foundation’s vice president and director of its Health Care Group. She was the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicin…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2015

#BensTake: We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Ameri… 

Some colleges have adapted to today's challenges, enrolling and graduating low-income students at above average rates. Here's what we can take away from the success stories to provide better educatio…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Sep 30, 2015

Three Themes From the i-teams Convening in New Orleans 

Three key themes emerged from the 2015 Fall i-teams Convening in New Orleans.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Innovation Teams 

Blog Post Alan Berube on Sep 29, 2015

Beyond Baltimore: Thoughts on Place, Race, and Opportunity 

Alan Berube of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program delivered the keynote address at the 2015 Fall Convening of the Project on Municipal Innovation.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 28, 2015

World Leaders Agree on Sustainable Development Goals: And other #GoodReads from… 

This week's round-up of reading recommendations highlights steps being taken improve the lives of low-income people -- from Pope Francis' call to address poverty and inequality, to efforts to accompl…

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Sep 24, 2015

The Collective Impact Funders' Manifesto  

With football season starting, Ty Boyea-Robinson decided to use her fantasy football skills to create a Manifesto that will build successful relationship between collective impact funders and grantee…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Sep 24, 2015

Photo Blog: i-teams New Orleans Convening 

The Innovation Teams gathered in New Orleans on September 17 and 18 for two days of training and reflection as they move toward implementing bold solutions to the biggest problems facing city governm…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 18, 2015

Cities Are Units of Change: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities 

Our weekly round-up of reading recommendations focuses on articles that illustrate what we believe are the core elements of a new urban practice.


Daniel Bassichis 

Dan is the co-founder of Admiral Center and Admiral Capital Group, a real estate private equity firm. Prior to forming Admiral Capital Group he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He is also the founder of investment pa…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 16, 2015

Three Ways to Revive the American Dream for a New Majority  

A new poll finds that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are optimistic about their future prospects and ability to achieve The American Dream. Our CEO, Ben Hecht, wants to take that optimism and turn it i…

Blog Post Kevin Paul on Sep 14, 2015

Charting a Path to Delivery: The Fall 2015 i-teams Convening 

Innovation Teams from 19 cities across the U.S. and Israel will gather in New Orleans this week as the new cohort of cities move toward the next phase of the Innovation Delivery approach.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 11, 2015

Reflecting on 9/11 and the New Urban Practice: #GoodReads from Living Cities 

A Weekly Round-up of articles, videos, reports and other information that you won't want to miss.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 10, 2015

How Can We Recapture the Spirit of Community Engagement that Built America? 

Our CEO Ben Hecht asks what it will take to effectively engage people and communities in order to dramatically improve results for low-income people, especially people of color, faster.

Person The State University of New York

Nancy Zimpher 

Nancy L. Zimpher is the 12th chancellor of The State University of New York, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the nation.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker & R.T. Rybak on Sep 9, 2015

Mayors and Schools: The Key Relationship to Ensuring Quality Urban Education 

Living Cities is hitting the road with former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to learn about the complex relationships between mayors and urban school systems.

Blog Post Kirsten Wysen on Sep 8, 2015

Don’t Succumb to the Siren Song of Outcomes Without the Guidance of a North Star 

When you think of outcomes as mile-markers on your journey to a shared result, you can better design solutions that get dramatically better results, system wide.