Systems

Social Impact Bonds

Initially implemented in England, Social Impact Bonds are a complex funding mechanism that allows governments to implement social programs through private funding and external organizations. The Center for American Progress partnered with the Council on Foundations organized two roundtable conversations with potential social impact bond investors to discuss how they might envision participating in a social impact bond […]

AIANY Housing Committee presents a lecture by Alan Mallach

RSVP at AIANY When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Where: At The Center Alan Mallach, speaker at this year’s Ratensky Lecture, is recognized by the AIANY Housing Committee for a lifetime commitment to affordable housing planning and community development. The annual Ratensky Lecture was initiated by the AIA New York Chapter Housing […]

Twitter proposes sky bridge to link San Francisco offices

http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Twitter-proposes-sky-bridge-to-link-SF-offices-5869866.php The bridge would give Twitter workers fewer reasons to leave the campus during the day — but a spokesman for the company says it wouldn’t reduce their contributions to the community. http://gizmodo.com/speed-limits-skybridges-paint-whats-ruining-our-citi-1655096279 When Twitter moved into two buildings on busy Market Street in San Francisco instead of some far-flung suburban site, they were lauded […]

How Anchor Institutions like Hospitals and Universities Can Help Cities

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2014/11/universities-and-hospitals-are-the-new-anchor-institutions-for-cities/382110/ They’ve got a permanent presence—and great hiring and purchasing potential. When a big, well-funded institution sets itself down in a struggling neighborhood, it can disrupt things. But if these “anchor institutions” really include and engage the communities, they can also turn the neighborhood around. That’s the core of a new report by the Center […]

In Sprawling Los Angeles, a Swap Meet Becomes a Community’s CBD

http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/in-sprawling-los-angeles-a-swap-meet-becomes-a-communitys-cbd Crime in Los Angeles has decreased significantly in the last 20 years, and while it can’t be said that South L.A. is the safest neighborhood, it offers a very different landscape than it did in the early 1990s. Back then, swap meet attorney Arthur K. Snyder, a former Los Angeles city councilman, presented the […]

Democracy Collaborative: Building Community Wealth

http://democracycollaborative.org/content/our-mission The Democracy Collaborative is a national leader in equitable, inclusive and sustainable development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. This initiative sustains a wide range of Advisory, Research and Field Building activities designed to transform the practice of community/economic development in the United States. Another important program is the Next System Project, ongoing intellectual […]

Urban Onshoring: The Movement to Bring Tech Jobs Back to America

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/urban-onshoring/ There’s not much to see when you walk out of the subway station at Hunts Point in the South Bronx. A check cashing outfit, a few auto body shops, a weather-worn sign for Bella Vista Fried Chicken, and a billboard advertising $399 divorces, “no signature needed.” This New York neighborhood has a landscape as […]

New York stuns air cargo industry by proposing to shift JFK’s cargo operations 60 miles north

http://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20141101-new-york-stuns-air-cargo-industry-by-proposing-to-shift-jfks-cargo-operations-60-miles-north/ Move to Stewart International would free up space for JFK modernization; forwarding industry believes plan will “fall on its face.” If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his way, the air cargo apparatus in and around Kennedy International Airport will pull up stakes and relocate to a new regional distribution hub at Stewart International […]

Stewart Airport eyed as regional cargo center to NYC

http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20141021/stewart-airport-eyed-as-regional-cargo-center-to-nyc Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his plan to modernize airports in the metropolitan area including Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y. Vice President Joe Biden was with the governor for the announcement in New York City on Monday. Cuomo’s plan for Stewart includes establishing a regional cargo distribution hub by growing its current cargo […]

New School Fundraising Model Sells Local, Organic Groceries

http://www.fastcompany.com/3036171/second-shift/move-over-bake-sales-the-new-school-fundraising-model-sells-local-organic-groce Every Wednesday afternoon, Rebecca Matthews sets up on the picnic tables in front of Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, California. She unloads bags of local, organic groceries–on this particular September day, about 90 in total–so parents can easily grab them while picking up their kids. Meet the new school fundraising model. It requires […]