Blog Post William Frey on Oct 24, 2016

US Diversity Explosion Is a Reason for Optimism 

Opportunities will increase when the institutional players across our country—politicians, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, and employers—recognize the potential of this new, more diverse generation.

Blog Post Michael Bodaken on Oct 24, 2016

Lack of Section 8 Is Not Just About Poverty: It’s About Race 

Early studies show that providing permanent housing actually reduces public costs associated with meeting the needs of the homeless. We estimate that providing Housing Choice Vouchers for the 3.1 mil…

Blog Post Sarah Rosen Wartell on Oct 17, 2016

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable  

We must explicitly confront enduring racial barriers not only in the communities where we invest but also in our own organizations and modes of work.

Blog Post Nick Turner & Scarlet Neath on Oct 13, 2016

Remarkable Progress in Juvenile Justice Reform, but Not for All Kids 

The current national conversation on criminal justice reform opens up an opportunity to turn the tide on mass incarceration and improve economic outcomes for low-income Americans, especially those of…

Blog Post Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on Oct 10, 2016

Bringing Equality to Health  

Racial segregation restricts access to such health-promoting resources as stable housing, healthy food choices, quality schools, job opportunities, and safe streets and parks. In fact, racism itself …

Blog Post Brandee McHale on Sep 22, 2016

Philanthropy’s Moment: Enabling and Protecting the Financial Futures of America… 

Three principles can help philanthropy create financial stability for the futures of American families.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 22, 2016

25 Disruptive Leaders Who Are Working to Close the Racial Opportunity Gaps 

Living Cities unveils our 25 Disruptive Leaders list, recognizing remarkable individuals who are shaking up the status quo and creating new approaches to address our nation’s most stubborn challenges…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Sep 21, 2016

Join our 9/27 Virtual Event on Closing the Racial Gaps  

On our 25th Anniversary, Living Cities will host a Virtual Event to honor the good work done over the past quarter century, reflect back on the progress that has been made, and most importantly, look…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 15, 2016

A Signature Moment for Harnessing Capitalism and Private Capital to Address Rac… 

We are at a unique moment in time in our country where we need to harness capitalism and private capital in new and transformative ways to close racial gaps in income and wealth. The essays in this s…

Blog Post Clara Brenner & Julie Lein on Sep 14, 2016

How We Started a Venture Capital Firm to Fund Urban Innovation Startups 

By providing critical capital and support to a new generation of startups, the Urban Innovation Fund is identifying solutions to the toughest problems facing our cities.

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Nadia Owusu on Sep 14, 2016

A Signature Moment for Advancing Racial Equity in America’s Cities 

Despite the current tone of our national electoral politics, we are seeing more and more cities, institutions and individuals explicitly committing to advancing and achieving racial equity. The essay…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 13, 2016

New Blog Series: A Signature Moment for Closing the Racial Opportunity Gaps in … 

Our new blog series, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, will highlight ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial op…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jul 18, 2016

#BensTake: After Dallas, America Must Address Economic Opportunity 

To strengthen relationships among different racial groups in America, we must address economic disparities between whites and people of color.

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jul 8, 2016

The Only Solution to Our National Epidemic of Violence: Healing Together 

After a long week of national pain and mourning, it seems that the only solution to the violence in our country is to slowly come together and end the divisiveness all around us.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on May 25, 2016

Announcing Racial Equity Here 

Living Cities is launching Racial Equity Here, a new initiative that will support five U.S. cities committed to improving racial equity and advancing opportunity for all.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on May 20, 2016

Ben's Take: Vote No on Senate Bill 288 to Ensure Economic Opportunity for New O… 

A ‘no’ vote on Senate Bill 288, being considered by the House Committee on Transportation and Public Works in the Louisiana State Legislature, is important to Louisiana and the struggling citizens of…

Blog Post Thomas Zembowicz on Apr 26, 2016

Visualizing America's Student Debt Problem 

A new data visualization tool created by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth sheds light on the geographic patterns of student debt in the United States.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 16, 2016

Our 2015 Annual Report: The #HereAndNow Toolbox 

Our 2015 annual report curates tools created by innovators on the front lines of social change.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire on Mar 15, 2016

Applying a Racial Equity and Inclusion Lens to Collective Impact 

Racial equity and inclusion are integral to collective impact’s core principles. Partnerships must make a commitment to applying a racial equity and inclusion lens throughout its work, in order to ac…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 9, 2016

Four Key Elements Are Needed to Remake Economic Development 

The new framework for economic development proposed by Brookings' Amy Liu should be taken as a vital call to action. Four elements, in particular, have proven to be crucial to building a future of sh…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Feb 29, 2016

#GoodReads: Environmental Racism, Inequality and A Path Forward  

The water contamination tragedy in Flint, MI underscores the importance of addressing issues at the root of the crisis. Our staff share three articles that highlight perspectives on inequality and po…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 19, 2016

On Martin Luther King Day, Racial Equity and Inclusion in Action 

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, this compilation of blogs will empower you to take action advancing racial equity and inclusion in your work.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 14, 2016

#BensTake: The Four Accelerants for Change To Watch in 2016  

Will we look back at 2016 and see it as a year of rapid change in U.S. cities? Living Cities' CEO, Ben Hecht, thinks so because of four, unique "accelerants." The first: public will for a more equita…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 11, 2016

From Gun Control to Millennial Moms: #GoodReads from Living Cities 

A weekly round-up of reading recommendations to kick-off 2016!