We believe that data should be reliable, transparent, and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders and that information should be a tool for narrowing opportunity and wealth gaps. We strive to constantly assess the conventional wisdom–and our own assumptions–against facts and evolving contexts and understandings. We also believe that addressing entrenched economic and social problems is difficult, requires serious and sustained inquiry, and can actually be harmed by attempts to reduce problems and solutions to sound bites.
We are witnessing a broad-based re-thinking about the potential of American cities and the appropriate strategies for their development, revitalization, and evolution. Two decades after the revolution in market-based approaches to urban development, there is growing recognition about the strengths and limitations of various approaches as well as healthy debate about the best paths forward. We believe that the body of accepted practice has the potential to be combined with cutting-edge approaches to urban land, real estate, capital, and education and workforce challenges to create comprehensive and coordinated public, private, and philanthropic frameworks that promote economic growth and social equity.
The importance of vital and robust U.S. cities has never been higher: national success in an increasingly global and competitive economy will require that the country’s densest and most diverse production spaces become more innovative, efficient, and adaptable. Stronger urban economies can also help alleviate major social and economic challenges by supporting growth that creates opportunity in low- and moderate-income (LMI) areas and communities of color and promotes broad-based opportunity for workers with different types of education and experience.