Dialogues for Change Workshop – Bottrop, Germany March 24-26, 2014

From March 24-26, 2014, the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States convened a workshop in Bottrop, Germany as part of the second year of the Dialogues for Change initiative.

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The Berlin Transport Company Tips its Gender Imbalance

Lately, the Berlin Transport Company leadership has targeted the gender composition of its work force, and its provocative poster series is part of the effort to capture potential female recruits’ attention.

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“What you call an abandoned neighborhood, we call it a chance to start.” Touring St Louis with Michaël Allen

Michaël Allen is an historian, preservationist and absolute fan of the city of St. Louis. On a freezing Saturday afternoon in February, he proposed that I join him on a tour of northern St. Louis.

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Anchor institutions and their leverage points

The potential benefit of anchor institutions to their surrounding community is well documented, but actually bringing anchor institutions together around a common strategy that leverages their overall impact can be a heavy lift.

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Reflections on French and German High Speed Rail Stations: California’s Struggling Central Cities as both Blessing and Curse

The California High Speed Rail Project is often referred to as the single largest infrastructure project in the history of the state of California. It is an expensive project that has the potential to be transformational for the state. But it must be done right.

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The new regulation that [local] banks love: Youngstown’s foreclosure bond law

A rising tide floats all boats, and conversely, a waning tide sinks all boats. This truism applies to the vacant and foreclosed property crisis in American cities. Each foreclosed house in one-eighth of a mile radius reduces the value of neighboring houses by nearly 1%. Multiple vacancies in a neighborhood compound the reduction in property values for the neighborhood, creating […]

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The Lincoln Street Art Park: From Industrial Discard to Urban Oasis

Right around the corner from the Holden Recycling Center in Detroit is the Lincoln Street Art Park. Just a few years ago, this space was an inhospitable and hazardous lot filled with weeds, chunks of concrete, and garbage from illegal dumping. Now, it’s a sunny, fun place to hang out.

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Does a global leader make a good neighbour?

Traveling again to Cleveland, I decided to extend my investigations to Pittsburgh, another “Legacy City” of the Midwest, which is said to be recovering in an impressive way.

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Getting Creative to Combat Foreclosure

Throughout the housing crisis and the subsequent fallout, cities have largely been forced into a reactionary role. The City of Richmond, CA is looking to be proactive in a manner not previously exercised or attempted by cities.

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Memphis’s Transportation Challenge – Access and Equity

With many transit-dependent citizens residing within the city of Memphis, connecting those workers from their homes in city neighborhoods to jobs many miles away has become a critical issue put into stark relief by recent cuts to bus service.

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Planes, Cranes and Lanes: Global Infrastructure Challenges

In 2013, McKinsey and Company released a report stating that worldwide, we need an estimated $57 trillion in infrastructure investment between now and 2030 just to keep pace with projected global GDP. So, where can cities go from here?

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GMF Hosts Strong Cities, Strong Communities Bootcamp in New Orleans, LA

On January 13-14, 2014, the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted the fourth Strong Cities, Strong Communities Bootcamp in New Orleans, Louisiana. GMF hosted the two-day workshop in partnership with the New Orleans Business Alliance and the City of New Orleans with support from the Surdna Foundation. The event focused on how anchor institutions in New Orleans could leverage their collective economic presence.

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White House Support for “Detroit 2.0” Technological Innovation

Due to long-standing fiscal challenges, Detroit has broadly underinvested in its city systems and the technology infrastructure that enables these systems to function. While other cities are increasingly using information technology as an accelerator, the Motor City’s outdated systems, poor data quality, and limited platforms for information sharing act as breaks on the city’s efficiency. By leap-frogging to municipal best practices in information technology and taking advantage of innovations from across the country, Detroit has the opportunity to dramatically increase service efficiency.

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