Innovate or Die?

June 25, 2019

How Detroit Became a Model for Urban Renewal

Maybe it's time for more cities to adopt Detroit's urban renewal model.
March 1, 2019

The Cost of Segregation

Billions in lost wages. Thousands of young people without the education they need to fulfill their potential. Hundreds of lives cut short by violence. These are among the steep costs all of us in the Chicago region pay by living so separately from each other.
October 25, 2018

Retail Realities – Rebuilding economic resiliency as brick and mortar goes to pieces

For years the Oakland, California, suburb of Pittsburg followed a traditional playbook in its efforts to revitalize its downtown: It tried to lure retailers. First, it focused on trying to replace the JCPenney and Montgomery Ward department stores that closed. That didn't work out.
September 4, 2018

City-Owned Land Near Obama Library In Woodlawn Should Become Thriving Commercial District, Residents Say

As the planned completion date of the Obama Presidential Library looms closer, the city is trying to figure out what to do with the vacant land it owns near the library site.
August 31, 2018

Neighborhood Spotlight: Can North Lawndale’s future live up to its past?

In 1966, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. moved into an apartment on Hamlin Avenue to highlight the squalid conditions African Americans were living in all over the country.
August 28, 2018