What’s New(s) in Legacy Cities

2015 is off with a bang!

Announcing three upcoming events plus our media round-up covering legacy cities news this month. It’s already been a busy year.


Urban Sustainability Meetups in Detroit, NYC (and SF and LA)
Meetups under the banner of “urban sustainability” have formed as informal groups of dedicated urbanists of all ages in cities around the country.  Staff from the American Assembly helped to organize the Meetup in New York which has an event this Sunday, January 25th at the Queens Museum on Urban Renewal, and its every-other month happy hour on Thursday, February 5. Also scheduled is an Urban Sustainability Meetup in Detroit on Thursday, February 5th.

Next City Vanguard Leadership Conference
Next City’s 6th annual Vanguard Leadership Conference will be in Reno, NV from May 6th to 8th. Applications are due on Feb. 8th, but you can save $10 on the application if you apply before Feb. 1st.  The Vanguard will bring together 40 of the brightest young urban leaders for three days of learning, exchanging ideas and building relationships with fellow innovators from cities across the world. Participants will be selected through a competitive application process.  The conference will include workshops, tours and conversations about the newest ideas in urban development, transportation, tech and politics.

Learn more and apply here: http://nextcity.org/vanguard

Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies: A Summit on Innovation and Sustainable Growth in Ohio’s Cities & Regions
The Greater Ohio Policy Center announced open registration for its 2015 Summit, Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies: Innovation and Sustainable Growth in Ohio’s Cities & Regions. This summit will bring together national experts, state policymakers, and local leaders from all sectors to discuss new strategies for transforming Ohio’s cities and regions and making Ohio economically competitive in the 21st century, featuring cutting-edge tools and practices, effective partnerships, and policy solutions that build prosperous communities in Ohio and beyond.

June 910, 2015
The Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43215



Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods
Hard copies of Take it to the Bank are still available from our colleagues at the Center for Community Progress.  Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods offers insights into what makes a land bank successful, a national scan of land banks in the United States, exploring seven of their most striking commonalities, based on research of 67 land banks, and in-depth portraits of seven diverse land banks from Georgia, Michigan, New York, and Ohio.

The Myth of Gentrification
by John Buntin at Slate
Is it time to retire the term “gentrification?”  Tell us what you think via comments or an email.

Cuomo slices a $1.5B pie
By Matthew Hamilton at the Times Unon
The governor’s economic development plan offers $500M to each of three winners, supercharging the innovative Regional Economic Development Council system that invites the ten regions of NYS to think regional and prioritize regional investments.

For The Assembly’s earlier work in NYS regional economic development, see also our report: Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York

Knight Cities Finalists Announced
126 great projects on the list of finalists for the Knight Cities Challenge

Immigration and Legacy Cities
President Obama praises the immigrant attraction, retention and investment model pioneered by Welcoming America.

Finally, from late November last year — courtesy of the Smart Growth Newsletter — a 60 Minutes report worth repeating, especially in light of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address. After decades of neglect, our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete:
Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure

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