Which P3 Model Works Best For Your Project?

With more than a dozen different ways to structure a public-private partnership, figuring out the most appropriate one for a given project can be hard. Here’s a list of what’s out there. The City Accelerator cohort on Urban Infrastructure Finance focused on…

June 15, 2018

Connecting Communities to Close Racial Gaps

Living Cities has been committed to ending the systemic challenges to poverty for over 25 years. But despite the best efforts of this organization and our many partners, forty six million Americans are still living in poverty. The field has…

June 14, 2018

If P3s Are the Answer, What Was the Question?

Public-private partnerships aren’t free money. But they can be used to improve performance. The City Accelerator cohort on Urban Infrastructure Finance focused on innovative tools, models and revenue sources that can help cities across the country address their infrastructure challenges while promoting…

June 14, 2018

Building a City-Wide Culture of Data in San Antonio

In San Antonio, diverse community members are coming together to realize their vision of a better quality of life for residents by increasing the transparency, quality and accessibility of community data. Community leaders across all different roles and settings value…

May 23, 2018

The Mobilization Fund Study: First Year of Capital Access in New Orleans

Read our one-year outcomes on the Mobilization Fund, a $1.54 million pilot fund to increase capital access to DBE contractors. The Mobilization Fund helps Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) overcome barriers with financial security used to support public contracting and to successfully deliver…

May 21, 2018

Bringing Community to Cross-Sector Tables

“[Our cross-sector table] has to be authentic about giving power to the community, which means people in the community are [the table] members, they have the power to make decisions, and they are having their capacity built as a part…

May 2, 2018

A Path Towards Authentic Community Engagement

An equity-driven collective impact movement should seek to disrupt and reform unequal power dynamics. As we wrote in the previous piece in this series, structurally engaging stakeholders who typically have low political capital is key. This is part II of…

May 2, 2018

Stony the Road We Trod: Commemorating Dr. King

Dr. King’s words about racial and economic justice are as relevant and powerful as ever. With more than 800,000 federal workers out of work due to a government shutdown, communities of color and POC-owned businesses are feeling a negative and…

April 4, 2018

The Power of Ecosystems for Problem-Solving

What do biological ecosystems have to do with promoting social change? In our work, using the metaphor of ecosystems has been a powerful tool for taking on complex and evolving problems. Surprising as it may sound, working with people coming…

March 28, 2018

Engaging Hard to Reach Users in Designing Civic Tech

Designing useful tech solutions requires working “with, not for” the community to solve problems. A civic tech and data collaborative in St. Louis reflects on how they engaged their end users—residents navigating the county court system. When St. Louis’ municipal…

February 22, 2018

New Impact Investing Strategy Puts Race Front and Center

Driving impact through investment means getting real about race. Too often, race-neutral approaches fail to deliver results for low-income people of color in the US. The lack of race-informed efforts worsens racial gaps in jobs, income, and wealth and systematically…

February 8, 2018

#BensTake: What Can We Learn from Amazon HQ2?

Amazon could leverage its new headquarters to promote inclusive growth. But if the company won’t, then cities in the running should put equity front and center. Amazon recently announced the cities still in the running for the company’s second headquarters,…

February 5, 2018