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Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.     Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. When urban-serving universities and communities join forces, we can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development in order to:
  • Prepare an increasingly diverse workforce to successfully navigate careers through technological, economic, and social change.
  • Assess, treat, and prevent urban health risks for increasingly diverse populations.
  • Create sustainable solutions for continued and inclusive growth that improve the quality of life in our communities.
Join educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST in the Ohio Union to exchange ideas and reinvigorate the collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: The Ohio State University 
At the top of a three-story building in Hong Kong, with car horns blasting on the streets below, Jim Fung teaches a dozen students how to thin out choi sum vegetables. "Always use the resources you have," the instructor said as he placed shredded office paper into soil-filled plastic crates and wound string around bamboo sticks to make support frames. Fung was coaching the first cohort of students in an academy run by social enterprise Rooftop Republic to teach a new generation of urban farmers as demand for their skills soars. The organization is spearheading a movement to turn Hong Kong's idle rooftops and urban spaces into farms to help residents reconnect with nature and make the finance hub more livable. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Place
The deadline for metropolises interested in hosting the next editions of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day is on November 11, 2019. The Expression of Interests issued by UN-Habitat gives a detailed timeline on the process used to choose the respective cities to host the two prestigious events. This year saw a colourful global observance of the World Habitat Day in Mexico City on October 7 while the historic Russian city of Ekaterinburg played host to the World Cities Day on October 31. After the deadline, the outcome of selection process will be communicated to the cities on November 25, 2019 and the winning city and the sub theme will be announced at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) to held in Abu Dhabi in February 2020. The same process will be followed in identifying the city to host the World Cities Day 2020, according to the Expression of Interest. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: UN-Habitat
Cities are becoming increasingly unaffordable. Almost a million New York City renters are rent-burdened, with more than half of those renters paying more than 50% of their income in rent. Urban rents have been climbing faster than wages for decades, a trend that has only accelerated over the past 10 years. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that the populations of large, expensive cities like New York and Los Angeles are dropping for the first time in decades.In addition to the human impact, the economic cost of high rent is substantial. High rents prevent people from moving to areas of economic opportunity, limiting growth, and constraining socioeconomic mobility. Studies estimate that real GDP could be 9% higher if New York City and San Francisco alone built sufficient housing. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: New Cities 
Across the country, local leaders are recognizing the benefits of reaching across jurisdictions to address climate issues. While regional collaborations of any kind can be challenging, elected officials and their staff know that social, economic, infrastructural, and ecological systems transcend city and county lines. Local leaders are partnering with academic institutions, nonprofits, regional planning councils, and other metro-regional stakeholders. Currently, there are at least 17 regional climate coalitions in the U.S. In early 2019, Council Member Lindsey Constance of Shawnee, Kansas, and Mayor Mike Kelly of Roeland Park, Kansas, took up this challenge, initiating The Metro Kansas City Climate Action Coalition with the goal of assembling elected leaders from the bi-state region to “draw down greenhouse gases, improve climate resilience, and generate corresponding economic, social, health, and quality of life benefits.” Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak