Projects

Integrating the Practices of Urban Planning and Economic Development

March 15, 2015

This paper was prepared as background for a convening of national experts to explore how the fields of urban planning/design and economic development can better inform each other in practice…

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Grads and Fads

September 5, 2014

Building on The Changing Dynamics of Urban America, this study examines the relative importance of economic and quality of life factors in attracting and retaining college-educated workers. The project, conducted…

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Inclusive Regional Economic Growth Framing Paper

June 11, 2014

Developed for the June 2014 Convening on Inclusive Regional Economic Growth at the Ford Foundation, this framing paper captures findings from interviews of attendees and other leading practitioners to provide…

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Implementing Regionalism: Connecting Emerging Theory and Practice to Inform Economic Development

November 1, 2011

The “Implementing Regionalism” project, supported by the Surdna Foundation, begins to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of regional economic development through a comprehensive review of existing research…

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Dynamic Neighborhoods: Tools for Community and Economic Development

September 1, 2009

The Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy (DNT) project provides new analysis on how urban neighborhoods operate, how they change over time, what factors determine their success and how these dynamics vary across…

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Regional Effects and Convergence in Dallas Neighborhood Housing Markets

October 17, 2007

This paper, published in the Williams Review, presents selected results from the first phase of the Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy Project. In particular, the paper investigates two key questions relating to…

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Into the Economic Mainstream

August 6, 2006

This paper and related presentation, prepared for Opportunity Finance Network and CFED, introduce a new framework for bipartisan economic development policies, centered on the idea of “inclusionary growth”.

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UMI Discussion Papers: Market-Based Development & Information Resources

April 16, 2005

These two complementary papers written for the Brookings Institution’s Urban Markets Initiative examine the role of information resources in spurring markets and creating investment strategies to boost urban neighborhoods. The…

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The Changing Dynamics of Urban America

September 21, 2003

This major study, conducted with Christopher Berry for CEOs for Cities, examines the changing drivers of economic success in American cities and metropolitan areas, and how these affect decision-making for…

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Valuing Neighborhoods, Driving Change 

December 13, 2002

In planning its activities for the next decade, Living Cities commissioned RW Ventures and the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program to undertake the design phase for a ten-year project that…

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Banking on Technology: Expanding Financial Markets and Economic Opportunity

June 11, 2002

This paper, co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the Financial Services Roundtable, led to the business planning and creation of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). Originally housed at…

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Cities and Economic Prosperity

April 9, 2001

This study, completed for CEOs for Cities, features a data scan of economic indicators and activity in cities. The study finds that the assets of cities are enormous, varied, and…

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The Market Potential of Inner-City Neighborhoods: Filling the Information Gap

March 5, 1999

This paper examines how current information, primarily dependent on federal data sources, fails to accurately convey the opportunity in inner-city economies. It then suggests how building business-based data and models…

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