Urban Policy

Current Projects
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The American Assembly is proud to be a conference supporter of the the sixth biennial Reinventing Older Communities conference [1], cosponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond and St. Louis; and the Penn Institute for Urb...
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Update:  The Historic Preservation in America’s Legacy Cities convening is approaching and the $125 early bird registration will end on May 4.   Hotel rates will also change after that date.   The American Assembly [1] is excited to continue its Legacy Cities programming by cosponsorin...
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As part of its Legacy Cities Design Initiative and in parternship with lead organizer The J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City, The American Assembly is co-hosting this year's prestigious Bruner Loeb Forum on "Legacy City Design." The project and forum will compliment The Assembly's ...
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On October 11-13, 2013 The American Assembly served as an intellectual sponsor of the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference [1], hosted by the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy [2] at New York University School of Law [3]. As drones take to the skies above communities, they will...
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"Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America's Older Industrial Areas" investigated and reported on emerging economic development strategies for weak market cities such as Detroit, Milwaukee, Oakland, St. Louis, and Baltimore as they seek to find their place in the changin...
Past Projects
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In February 2013, The American Assembly released Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York—a report documenting revitalization strategies for upstate cities, based on a recent Assembly-sponsored meeting of urban policy and economic development experts. The report emphasizes several ...
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Rebuilding America's Legacy Cities: New Directions for the Industrial Heartland is available for free chapter downloads below or hardcopy at hardcopy available Amazon.com [1].   While we may not yet know enough to offer a road map to create the smaller, healthier city we can imagine, we c...
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Many American cities have rebounded from their nadir a decade or two ago with healthier downtowns, neighborhoods and local economies. However, other cities with rich historical heritages and valuable resources for this nation’s future are experiencing severe population loss. This American A...
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At the end of the twentieth century, one system defines the global economy -- capitalism. In many of America's urban areas, capitalism is the great unrealized ideal. This 1997 Assembly asserted that national corporations and local entrepreneurs have an unprecedented opportunity to create marke...
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Building on its 1993 project, "Interwoven Destinies," The American Assembly gathered experts to identify approaches needed to increase entrepreneurship and investment in areas of need.  Participants also produced a report with the aim of identifying a private-sector led set of initiatives to ...
Publications
This 1997 American Assembly issued a report urging business leaders to reinvest in urban areas in the United States, with support from nonprofits, community members, and government officials. The report called for improved access to capital (especially through equity investment) and set out ...
Slow job growth, declining home values, a diminishing tax base, and concentrated poverty are but a few of the growing obstacles for well-established but struggling cities. Challenged by decades of globalization, technological change, and dramatic demographic shifts away from the urban core, ...
Recommendations included using market-driven development strategies to focus on stronger neighborhoods while more economically challenged areas are employed for interim uses that require lower public investment. Land banks and supportive partnerships among federal, state, and local governme...
The first of several influential urban policy Assemblies, this 1993 American Assembly highlighted American cities' increased reliance on the information and service economies and stressed the value of  human capital along with investment in education and basic health care. ...
In this volume, former HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros brings together urban experts to explore strategies for rejuvenating America's cities.  A wide range of contributors, from Eli Ginzberg and Elliott Sclar to Robert H. McNulty, survey the most challenging urban policy issues, from citi...
Building on its 1993 project, "Interwoven Destinies," The American Assembly gathered experts in 1995 to identify approaches needed to increase entrepreneurship and investment in areas of need.  Participants produced a report with the aim of identifying a private-sector led set of initiatives ...
Rebuilding America's Legacy Cities: New Directions for the Industrial Heartland, features chapters by thirteen national and international urban policy specialists and is a much needed addition to the land use and urban policy discussion. "Legacy cities" offer both resources for and impose bur...
Please find all chapter pdf's on this page [1]. [1] http://americanassembly.org/project/rebuilding-americas-legacy-cities-new-directions-industrial-heartland ...
Following an Assembly of over one hundred urban policy and economic development experts from throughout the state, The American Assembly and co-sponsors released Revitalizing the Legacy Cities of Upstate New York, which praised partnerships with major anchor institutions and advocated aligni...
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Reinventing America's Legacy Cities

Henry Cisneros, American Assembly trustee and twenty-year veteran of Assembly urban affairs work, says of the Legacy Cities meeting in Detroit:

"...All of us who participated were motivated by our desire to arrest the deterioration of the hardest hit cities and to improve the quality of life for the people who reside in them.  I believe we laid out a reasonable path."