The Cities program advances policy discussion and knowledge sharing on the revitalization of cities and struggling urban areas. The Legacy Cities Partnership, aims to strengthen capacities for policy change and governance reform, share lessons in urban stabilization and regeneration, and connect the array of federal, regional, state, and local initiatives.
Just as gentrification can out-price long-term residents, a failing middle neighborhood can have devastating trigger effects on its city, jeopardizing municipal budgets and increasing appeals for federal and state support. Whether property values skyrocket or plummet, residents are at risk of being forced out. Too often the heaviest toll falls on the middle class. When nieghborhoods fail, large numbers of modest-income households, many of whom are people of color, lose wealth due to home price decline, widening the wealth gap of the nation.
The Legacy Cities Partnership aims to strengthen capacities for policy change and governance reform, share lessons in urban stabilization and regeneration, and connect the array of federal, regional, state, and local initiatives in this area.
Our Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities project supports leaders and practitioners in developing strategies for revitalizing legacy cities through historic preservation.
Inclusive Economic Development in America’s Legacy Cities supports innovation in the development of inclusive economic growth strategies. Such strategies address the intensity of poverty in legacy cities and promote revitalization that both attracts newcomers and increases opportunities for current residents across the economic spectrum.
Urban Leaders, Landmark Experts Celebrate Newark’s Hahne & Company Revitalization As Example of How Historic Preservation Can Spur Development Strengthen Legacy Cities Across the Nation.
As urban transportation presents cities with new opportunities and challenges, The American Assembly cosponsored "Transforming Access, Mobility, and Delivery in Cities" as part of its ongoing work to connect stakeholders and advance knowledge on vexing urban challenges.
The Assembly cosponsored the 2013 Bruner Loeb Forum under the theme "Legacy City Design," as part of the Legacy Cities Design Initiative, a joint project of The American Assembly and J Max Bond Center.
The Assembly partnered with Cleveland State University, CEOs for Cities, and over two dozen other organizations explore the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s Legacy Cities.
"Neighborhoods in America's Legacy Cities: A Dialogue in Detroit," a conference cosponsored by The Legacy City Partnership from September 13-16, 2016, will bring together professionals, decision-makers and academics from America’s Legacy Cities, where long-term population loss and economic restructuring present difficult challenges for the future of astounding historic resources and significant cultural heritage.
On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods, a new book edited by Paul C. Brophy, aims to stimulate a national dialogue about middle neighborhoods. Presented through case studies and essays by leading policymakers, community development professionals, and scholars, this volume explores the complex web of neighborhoods transitioning—for better or worse—across America.
The Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities is a nine-point strategy that shapes a new approach to preservation, adapts existing tools and policies used by preservationists, and promotes place-based collaboration, especially in legacy cities like Newark, Detroit, and Cleveland.
The initial report of the 2011 "Legacy Cities" Assembly in Detroit, the report emphasizes the importance of differentiating market-driven development strategies useful in stronger neighborhoods from public investment driven strategies targeted at more economically challenged areas.
An effort to rethink strategies for sustainability, livability, and growth in cities facing long-term population loss, industrial decline, and other economic challenges.
A call for stronger partnerships among municipal governments and local anchor institutions, for regional export plans and venture funds, and for fully utilizing the opportunities afforded by Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils in the service of New York's struggling upstate cities.