The Cities program advances policy discussion and knowledge sharing about expanding opportunity in cities and urban areas.
Urban Heritage, Sustainability, and Social Inclusion Initiative is a collaborative project of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP); The Earth Institute's Center for Sustainable Urban Development; and The American Assembly.
The Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities project supports leaders and practitioners in developing strategies for revitalizing US legacy cities through historic preservation.
A panel discussion, "Evidence-Building for Preservation," held on February 8th, 2018, explored how institutional actors and new avenues of research inform public and private investment in preservation.
The "Middle Neighborhoods: Action Agenda for a National Movement" meeting, held between November 15th-16th, 2017 in Baltimore, convened local and national advocates to advance thinking and prioritize action on middle neighborhoods.
"Neighborhoods in America's Legacy Cities: A Dialogue in Detroit" was a conference, held between September 13th-16th, 2016, cosponsored by The Legacy City Partnership and brought together professionals, decision-makers, and academics from US Legacy Cities.
Urban leaders and landmark experts celebrated Newark’s Hahne & Company Revitalization as an example of how historic preservation can spur development and strengthen legacy cities across the country on December 8th, 2015.
The "Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation on Innovation + Practice" conference was held in Newark, NJ, on December 8th, 2015.
The Assembly cosponsored "Transforming Access, Mobility, and Delivery in Cities," held between October 28th-20th, 2014, as part of its ongoing work to connect stakeholders and advance knowledge on vexing urban challenges.
The Assembly cosponsored the 2013 Bruner Loeb Forum, held on November 7th, 2013, under the theme "Legacy City Design," as part of The Assembly's Legacy Cities Design Initiative, a joint project of The American Assembly and J Max Bond Center.
The Legacy Cities of Upstate New York convening, held on December 11th, 2013, found that legacy cities will gain the most from regional approaches to economic development.
"Middle Neighborhoods: Action Agenda for a National Movement" is a report that summarizes discussions on policy, practice, and research, as well as priorities and recommendations for action following the meeting, held November 15-16, 2017 in Baltimore.
On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods aims to stimulate a national dialogue about middle neighborhoods transitioning—for better or worse—across the US.
A report containing a nine-point strategy to shape new approaches to preservation, to adapt existing tools and policies used by preservationists, and to promote place-based collaboration, especially in legacy cities like Newark, Detroit, and Cleveland.
An effort to rethink strategies for sustainability, livability, and growth in cities facing long-term population loss, industrial decline, and other economic challenges.
A report that calls 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 then-Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils in the service of New York's struggling upstate cities.
A product of the 2011 "Legacy Cities" Assembly in Detroit, "Reinventing America's Legacy Cities: Strategies for Cities Losing Population" reflects a consensus of participants from that Assembly.