Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2013 October

Fresh Ideas for Building Healthier Communities, Revitalizing a Community Beginning with Health

By Jeffrey Schwartz, Executive Director of Broad Community Connections and Robin Zimbler, Senior Project Manager at L+M Development Partners This post originally appeared on the Trust for America’s Health website. When neighborhoods lack access to healthy food, it signals not on…

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Investing in What Works: Boston

On Friday, November 8th, 2013, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Citi Foundation, and the Low Income Investment Fund will host a discussion on Investing in What Works for America’s Communities. The event brings together lead…

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Measuring the Impact of Anchor Institutions in Building More Sustainable Communities

By Ted Howard, Executive Director of the Democracy Collaborative. Universities, hospitals and other “anchor institutions” wield considerable economic power in a community. The numbers are widely available, but astonishing nonetheless. Combined, hospitals and universities are responsib…

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