Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program publishes some of the nation’s most thoughtful and innovative articles about research and solutions to build urban economies.

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City Lab

CityLab, a website published by The Atlantic Monthly Group, tells stories of cities: “how they work, the challenges they face, and the solutions they need.”

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Commercial District Advisor Blog

An online resource for information-sharing, ideas and strategies for successful commercial district revitalization, this website, produced by Larisa Ortiz of Larisa Ortiz Associates, contains some of the most practical advice around. Articles on storefront renovation, grocery store development, filling vacancies, and streetscape improvements are just a few of the topics covered.

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Downtown Research & Development Center

DRDC offers a forum for exchanging views, news, and ideas about downtown development, business improvement districts, and Main Street programs, as it has for over 50 years. Newsletters, books, reports, and analysis are featured on its website.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Founded in 1979, LISC is the largest community development support organization in the country. The LISC Building Sustainable Communities Program is supporting comprehensive community development in cities and rural areas nationwide. LISC is dedicated to helping community residents  transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.

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North River Commission

The North River Commission is a community organization founded in 1962 that unites over 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions, and places of worship to improve the quality of life on Chicago’s northwest side. Since its inception, NRC has sought to facilitate the comprehensive community development of the North River community, with initiatives in housing, education, arts and culture, open spaces, and economic development.

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Urban Manufacturing Alliance

The Urban Manufacturing Alliance includes manufacturers, advocates, and practitioners across the county who share experiences and approaches to support manufacturing and create more equitable economic development strategies and tools.

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