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  • June 05, 2020 | Mounting unemployment crisis fuels racial wealth gap

    Mounting unemployment crisis fuels racial wealth gap

    The economic meltdown that has devastated the country amid the coronavirus pandemic has proven uniquely damaging for black Americans, threatening to exacerbate an already staggering racial wealth gap and fueling nationwide protests focused on racial justice.

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  • June 04, 2020 | COVID-19’s Economic Fallout Is Hitting The Black Community Hard, Too

    COVID-19’s Economic Fallout Is Hitting The Black Community Hard, Too

    The economic impact of coronavirus is hitting Black communities disproportionately hard.
    The Black unemployment rate was 16.7% in April, compared with 14.2% for white workers. Expect those numbers to get worse on Friday morning, when the Department of Labor will release its data for May. Overall,...

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  • June 04, 2020 | The Real Threats to America’s Cities

    The Real Threats to America’s Cities

    America’s cities have already faced almost four years of persistent hostility from President Donald Trump, who has reviled them as dirty, chaotic, and dangerous and pursued many policies contrary to their interests. Then this winter, the COVID-19 pandemic hit hardest within dense population...

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  • February 03, 2020 | Insight Action, not data collection, required to create nutrition equity in St. Petersburg

    Insight Action, not data collection, required to create nutrition equity in St. Petersburg

    Community-owned grocery co-ops, limitations on dollar-type stores, mobile markets, free food distribution and coolers at city-run recreation centers are myriad ways the City of St. Petersburg is tackling its food insecurity issues. As our city competes with other regions for jobs and new...

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  • December 31, 2019 | Top Urban Planning Websites – 2019

    Top Urban Planning Websites – 2019

    A cooperative effort between the San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, the Bay Area Equity Atlas went online in June 2019, raising the level of Internet exposures to the dynamics of inequality, gentrification, and development at work in...

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  • December 09, 2019 | The Need for Rent Control

    The Need for Rent Control

    Over half of Seattle’s households are renters, and “rents have soared 69 percent across Greater Seattle since 2010, more than double the national average of 32 percent,” according to an analysis from the Seattle Times. Across King County, rents have gone up 155% over two decades, growing “even...

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  • October 20, 2019 | Editorial: All in

    Editorial: All In

    In his Oct. 10 State of the City address, Cleveland Mayor FrankJackson offered a variation on a previous theme, telling the audiencce, "Cleveland is a successful city, but it is not a great city."

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  • October 20, 2019 | Facing up to an ongoing legacy

    Facing up to an ongoing legacy

    Four hundred years after the first ship holding enslaved Africans reached port at Jamestown, Va., two Cleveland organizations are hosting a summit to examine the connection between this legacy and today's racial disparities.

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  • September 13, 2019 | Insight Community Voices: Not a banana to be had at Dollar General

    Insight Community Voices: Not a banana to be had at Dollar General

    “Living in a thriving community with access to quality educational and health resources leads to positive cognitive and physical development for children. However, when neighborhoods lack access to these opportunities, children and families suffer, especially people of color.” – An Equity...

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  • August 23, 2019 | Insight Community Voices: Grow Smarter St. Pete – Why does equitable economic growth matter?

    Insight Community Voices: Grow Smarter St. Pete – Why does equitable economic growth matter?

    The Grow Smarter Initiative was launched in 2014 based upon the recommendations of a study conducted by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Petersburg to assess St. Petersburg’s competitive position as a place to visit, live, work, and do business. The study provided a...

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  • July 18, 2019 | Residents Share Their Concerns Over Affordable Housing In Lynn

    Residents Share Their Concerns Over Affordable Housing In Lynn

    To aim for more affordable housing, Andrea Park, an attorney at Boston-based Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, said Lynn could adopt an inclusionary zoning provision, which would require the inclusion of affordable housing with new residential development. She proposed requiring new buildings...

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  • June 20, 2019 | New York Expanded Rent Control. Will Other Cities Follow Suit?

    New York Expanded Rent Control. Will Other Cities Follow Suit?

    They didn’t get everything they wanted, but last week, when a coalition of advocates from across New York state celebrated a package of new laws expanding rent regulation and tenant protections, it was as much of a shot in the arm for the housing-rights movement as any in recent memory.

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  • June 13, 2019 | It’s time to fill the income gap

    It’s time to fill the income gap

    Whenever we see more cranes added to the city skyline, hear about another public works project that promises to alleviate traffic while creating more traffic in the meantime, or read about another company calling Atlanta home or leaving the city because of another questionable bill from the...

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  • June 06, 2019 | Smith: ‘It’s time to fill the income gap’

    Smith: ‘It’s time to fill the income gap’

    Whenever we see more cranes added to the city skyline, hear about another public works project that promises to alleviate traffic while creating more traffic in the meantime, or read about another company calling Atlanta home or leaving the city because of another questionable bill from the...

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  • May 21, 2019 | Study: Better Transit Helps Latinos Live Healthier Lives

    Study: Better Transit Helps Latinos Live Healthier Lives

    Latino-Americans are stuck living in places that are either far from employers or don’t have enough transit to serve the frequently car-less population, a new study finds, pointing to the need for major transportation changes to improve immigrants’ quality of life.

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