The American Assembly is handing off its legacy cities work to Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Stay tuned for announcements later this year about a new Legacy Cities Initiative led by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. This work will build on the efforts led by The American Assembly and its partners from 2012-2017.
The Legacy Cities Initiative is designed to help spur equitable revitalization in formerly industrial cities that are struggling with economic and population decline. The Initiative will center around the collection and dissemination of information on legacy city revitalization efforts:
What is happening in which legacy city
Who is undertaking this work
Promising new policies or programs
New research efforts and findings
If you are doing work to bring about equitable revitalization in one or more legacy cities, whether as a funder, practitioner, advocate, researcher, or resident, please tell us about it by filling out this survey.… Read More
At this crucial juncture, cities face difficult questions. What is the role that preservation can and should play in shaping the future of legacy cities? How can historic assets be identified and leveraged for planning and revitalization? What benefits and impediments exist in integrating preservation into community and economic development? How should we make decisions about what to save and what to destroy?
Welcome to the beta site of the American Assembly’s Legacy Cities blog! We are excited to continue developing this site and turn this into an active forum and base of knowledge sharing between our community working to advance legacy cities, as well as a way to connect the diverse and growing group of emerging professionals in legacy cities, including city leaders from the public sector, business owners, university presidents, community board members and the diaspora beyond.
We want to seize the opportunity to look at legacy cities from a national perspective. Our central goals embrace this “big picture” role:
1. Be a connector of ideas: track activities from other city/regional micro-blogs, along with national media sources, and draw meaningful connections between individuals and organizations active in separate but related spaces.
2. Produce content via guest contributors (opinion, analysis, case studies, interactive media) that expands on a local issue and makes it more applicable to a broader legacy cities audience.… Read More
Download and share the report (complete press release here) that calls upon elected, business, and civic leaders to double down on innovative and regionally focused approaches to economic development for Upstate NY’s “Legacy Cities”—a term being adopted by a growing number of those working to improve America’s older industrial cities that have experienced significant population loss.
The report summarizes input from over one hundred public, private, and non-profit sector leaders recently assembled from across New York State to prioritize economic development strategies. Lieutenant Governor Duffy, charged the policy workshop participants to identify key Upstate Legacy City revitalization priorities for practitioners and policy makers. Moreover, the recommendations provide critical tools to encourage and inform a growing national dialogue on the future of Legacy Cities and their critical role in 21st century economic prosperity and quality of life.… Read More
The ‘Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York’ Assembly was a great success, convening over 100 participants from around the state to identify and prioritize strategies to strengthen the economies and communities across Upstate New York.