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The Ohio State University is collaborating with Schmidt Futures to launch the Alliance for the American Dream — an initiative to identify ideas that will foster true social mobility, true equality of opportunity, and a true middle class that is attainable and sustainable. Idea submission to the Alliance for the American Dream is now open. They need your innovative, creative, and forward-thinking ideas to help support and sustain the middle class in Ohio—and across the country. Follow this link for more information and to submit you idea.
More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and the 300 largest metropolitan economies in the world account for nearly half of all global output. The concentration of economic growth and prosperity in large metro areas defines the modern global economy, creating both opportunities and challenges in an era in which national political, economic, and societal trends are increasingly influenced by subnational dynamics. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
When looking for laboratories of urban development and resilience—examples of places working to improve quality of life for everyone—check what’s happening in smaller cities. Follow this link for the complete article. Sourced from ShelterForce
Work defines so much of what and who people are. Since the very beginning of cities, some version of work has defined our days, our conceptions of time and our sense of self. The consistency of our relationship with work means that any disruption, whether potential or real, will capture people’s attention and fuel concerns across our communities. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from CitiesSpeak
When a neighborhood - isn't rich or isn't poor - government tends to forget about it. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Governing
The ability of metro areas to respond to upcoming challenges and develop sustainable solutions will rest heavily on the capacity of community-based nonprofits to marshal local resources, deliver assistance to families, and advocate for policy change at all levels of government. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
Urban growth of the past 30 years has largely resulted in crowded slums and sprawling settlements in the urban fringe. Cities are consuming land, increasingly, to accommodate new developments. In some regions, urban land has grown much faster than the urban population, resulting in less dense and, in general, more inefficient land use patterns. In addition, this is often happening in the absence of a viable spatial structure. Follow this link to read the rest of the story. Sourced from UN Habitat

With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over the effects of AI in daily human life is as strong as ever. A survey released last week by Washington-based Brookings Institute shows America’s fear of automation is alive and well. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Stagnant incomes, declining employment, downward mobility, and more: Eleanor Krause and Isabel Sawhill discuss the trends that have Brookings experts concerned about the well-being of America’s middle class. Learn more about the new Future of the Middle Class Initiative. Sourced from Brookings