Category: Quality of Life

Amazon Investing in Affordable Housing Near HQ2 Campus in Virginia

Amazon is pledging $20 million to Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund as part of the HQ2 deal it reached with the County earlier this year.

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Eds & Meds in the Transformation of Industrial Cities

By: Marian Kansas, Consultant

Alan Mallach’s book The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America explores the rise and fall of America’s industrial cities. For us, it was an illuminating read on economic development, especially as Avalanche is advising communities across the Rust Belt.

We were especially interested in the chapter “From Factories to Eds and Meds.” Cities with rich histories like Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have been able to weather the difficult transition in part because of their strong higher education and healthcare sectors (“eds and meds”).

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Housing is Becoming Unaffordable Outside of Major Metros Too

We’ve all heard about unaffordable housing in San Francisco or Los Angeles, but housing unaffordability is making its way to smaller towns, affecting both homeowners and renters.

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Which is Better: Place-Based Policies or People-Based Policies?

Research finds merit in both place-based policies, economic policy that improves the economy of a location, and people-based policies, economic policy that helps people move to more prosperous areas with better jobs and quality of life. But which is more effective?

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New Nonprofit Uses Popup Public Spaces to Revitalize Dead Downtowns

A Boston nonprofit is trying to bring back energy and life to empty downtowns by transforming vacant storefronts into public spaces. 

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Where Workers Salaries Go the Furthest – It’s Not Where You’d Think

New research finds which cities are the best to live in based on workers’ salaries versus cost of living.

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How to Make Cities Work for Everyone

Cities are increasingly catering to wealthy, college-educated workers and their millennial preferences over the needs of people of color and families, but we can take steps to make cities more diverse and family-friendly.

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Paid Leave Could Be an Engine for Economic Growth

In order to energize our economy, researchers agree that increasing labor force participation would give us boost. But with labor force participation rates declining for women and men a flexible paid leave policy might be the way to keep workers in the labor force.

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New Density Report Highlights Where Jobs Are and Aren’t Clustering in the US

The trend for the past decade has been for jobs to cluster in already dense urban areas, even more so than researchers expected. What does this mean for suburban and rural communities?

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