Embrace your local Opportunity Zones
Even if you are cynical about about how big money will affect low-income communities, the smart move for municipalities and urbanists is to make the most of this big-impact program.
People and placemaking potential of small downtowns
In the era of "winner take all urbanism," why are many small towns coming back to life—and why might they be good places to invest?
Realizing the potential for catalytic conversion
We've seen how Opportunity Zones can spur multiple developments to provide high-quality low-income housing while transforming communities.
Converting a shopping mall to a downtown
Downtown Westminster, Colorado, is designed as a ‘place’ that grows organically with affordable housing included.
Small industrial city diversifies its economy with urbanism
Elkhart, Indiana, is implementing plans to attract young, talented, workers to start businesses and boost the economy.
Eight policies and programs that Opportunity Zones need
Urbanists can do lot to help improve outcomes in particular Opportunity Zones. Here’s a checklist based on lessons from real communities.
From extractive investment to community wealth
There's another side to Opportunity Zones: They could be a catalyst for an emerging system of building community wealth that is bottom-up and local—focusing on the "whole neighborhood."
Savannah adopts two CNU Legacy projects and a downtown plan
The city made progress with code reform and is moving forward with street improvements and new public spaces, including the possible transformation of a dead mall.