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Jane Jacobs  (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail. The impact of Jane Jacobs's observation, activism, and writing has led to a "planning blueprint" for generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists to practice. Jacobs saw cities as integrated systems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With an eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design, and self-organization. She promoted higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies, and mixed uses. Jacobs helped derail the car-centered approach to urban planning in both New York and Toronto, invigorating neighborhood activism by helping stop the expansion of expressways and roads. Follow this link to learn more about Jane Jacobs. Sourced from: International Association for Community Development and The Center for the Living City  
There have been big changes made to the the Land-Grant Impacts Database and website. The site has a new look, better tools and search capabilities, integrated peer review, and more prominently displayed impact stories. All new statements submitted to the database will now undergo peer review before being made public on the site. This new layer of review will insure the highest quality information is being displayed. Statements from the past three years will be archived and available, but not displayed on the public site. Follow this link to the website. Soured from: Land Grant Impacts
“A healthy community requires healthy soil.” This idea spurred a consortium of researchers, farmers, and community garden practitioners to dive into the challenges–and opportunities–of urban agriculture. Their efforts, now in a second year, may highlight how urban soil can be a resource for human and environmental health.“We can benefit from how we manage the environment,” says researcher Jennifer Nicklay. “Clean water, clean air, and agriculture benefit us, our waterways, and wildlife. We put a value on crop yield, which is all well and good. But in urban ag, we’re in such proximity to other humans. The other benefits become really important to think of as a whole.” Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips
The Kettering Foundation has made available all three of their flagship publications for download as full issues, as well as individual articles. The 2018 issue of Connections focuses on experiments in organizational innovation. Download here. The 2018 edition of the Higher Education Exchange focuses on a research question that has structured much of the foundation’s work during the last year: How can an organization align itself with a democratic citizenry? Download here. Public goods are often seen as the domain of institutions and experts. The Kettering Review is a journal of ideas and activities dedicated to improving the quality of public life in American democracy. Download here.
Cities nationwide are experiencing housing-related challenges, with a growing share of the population unable to afford to rent or own a home. Residents struggle to afford not just a place to live, but a stable home that supports their health and well-being. Follow this link to read this is an excerpt from Affordable Housing and Health: City Roles and Strategies for Progress. Sourced from CitiesSpeak
The data on the relationship between new development, affordability, and displacement is not nearly as clear-cut as advocates (of all persuasions) often imply. In this article, the authors spoke with several researchers about why that is, what kinds of data we need more of, and how we should approach housing policy in the meantime. Follow this link to read the insights learned. Sourced from: Shelterforce
According to Google, last month people searched on its platform for “medication disposal near me” more than they ever have before. So Google Maps has partnered with authorities in seven states, as well as numerous businesses and organizations such as Walgreens and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (EDA), to make it easier for people to find places where they can dispose of their unwanted drugs. Users can now search for things like “drug disposal near me” on the platform and it will pull up nearby results from more than 3,500 nationwide locations. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Government Technology
Science tells us that density equals mass divided by volume. In planning circles, density usually equals the number of homes divided by the amount of land. For decades now, as our urban regions have evolved, the density debates have been intense. Planners generally want more density because it dovetails with mass transit, is more environmentally friendly, and provides a variety of housing types. Neighborhood activists generally want less. Often, the result is an impasse; nothing happens. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Governing
Columbus, the largest city in Ohio, is no exception to the affordability crisis that’s sweeping the nation. The shortage of affordable housing is greatest at the lowest end of the income scale. In 2013, there were 57,000 “extremely low-income” renters competing for just 21,000 apartments available at rates they could afford, according to a 2017 report from the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio. Rents are rising much faster than incomes, according to the report, and the segment of the population living in poverty is growing faster than the population as a whole. More than 28 percent of African-American residents in Columbus are considered severely cost-burdened, paying more than half of their income to rent, the report also notes. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Next City
Reimagining public spaces is not just a matter of investing in upgraded infrastructure or launching new programming - it’s a matter of fundamentally changing the way we design, operate, and manage these spaces. Because research shows that vibrant public spaces are essential to social connection and economic mobility, cities that manage assets as a connected portfolio (rather than treating them as discrete spaces) can create a richer, more vibrant, more participatory public realm. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Medium