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Lessons In Re-Investing In Cities

A trio of reports discussing re-investment in urban centers have been added to the Resource Center best practices database. 

Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older Industrial Cities

This 2007 Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program report examinated of performance of 302 U.S. cities on eight indicators of economic health and residential well-being and uncovered three central messages:

  1. Given their assets, the moment is ripe for the revival of older industrial urban economies.
  2. States have an essential role to play in the revitalization of older industrial cities, but they need a new urban agenda for change.
  3. The overall benefits of city revitalization—for families, for suburbs, for the environment, and ultimately for states—are potentially enormous.

Right Sizing America’s Shrinking Cities

In September 2007, the National Vacant Properties Campaign (NVPC) convened Reclaiming Vacant Properties: Strategies for Rebuilding America’s Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, the first national conference on vacant and abandoned properties. The three-day event gathered nearly 600 people from all over the country to exchange best practices and ideas for dealing with vacant and abandoned properties. Following the closing session, a select group of conference attendees—policy makers, community development practitioners, academics, and national experts—assembled for a one-day policy charrette to discuss the concept of right sizing shrinking cities. This report is the product of that Policy Charrette and Model Action Plan.

The Rebirth of Older Industrial Cities: Exciting Opportunities for Private Sector Investment

In this 2004 study, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University (CURP) collaborated to investigate new approaches municipal officials and state agencies can employ to help attract new development to inner city communities. Researchers identified several key deal breakers and the key action steps necessary to turn those deal breakers into deal makers.