University of Chicago Launches Civic Leadership Academy

The University of Chicago recently announced the launch of the Civic Leadership Academy, a development program targeting rising professionals in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the city of Chicago and Cook County. Over the course of six months, the Civic Leadership Academy will teach a cohort of participants how to think broadly, rigorously, and practically through coursework designed around cutting-edge approaches to common challenges faced by public service leaders in the 21st

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The 2014 Urban Forums: A Video Recap

At the 2014 Urban Forums a who’s who of urban scholars and experts shared the latest research in neighborhood history, culture, and design. If you missed any of this year’s panels, you can watch them below. Learn why neighborhood matters today and what it means for the future.

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From Hyperpolicing to Housing

The evolving approach to cleaning up LA’s Skid Row offers clues to solving chronic homelessness.

By Heidi Moore | For decades, LA’s Skid Row has epitomized the problem of homelessness in the United States. Once a hub for day laborers in the late 19th century, the 50-block area now sustains one of the country’s largest concentrations of homeless people.

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The Recession and Public Funding for the Arts in 13 Cities

Did cities that rely on state funding for the arts suffer more during the recession than those that rely on local (city) sources of funding?

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Six Decades After Brown v. Board of Education, Where Are We?

How far have schools come? New research and writing on the landmark ruling puts America’s progress of educational integration, and lack thereof, into perspective.

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Is Gentrification the Answer to Urban School Reform?

Some say “housing policy is education policy”—but is that true? Do mixed-income, gentrifying communities automatically improve schools? 

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Do-it-Yourself Urban Planning

Tactical urbanism’s motto is “see problem, fix it,” but its elitist instinct can rub some the wrong way.

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