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How 6 Cities Won the 'Working Cities Challenge'

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Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
1/27/2014 12:56:30 PM
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Petri dish for local investment
This is really fascinating! Who knew that a Federal Reserve Bank could be so agile or innovative? I'd love to see this emulated/re-purposed in the 11 other Federal Reserve districts across the country. I'll be curious to see if this can really foster redevelopment and vibrancy in otherwise stagnant local economies.

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/21/2014 12:39:35 PM
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Re: The Social issue in cities
Kaj, you're too right about that. That's why organizations like Living Cities are essential. Sometimes the focus on investment in advanced IT and new infrastructure worries me because it feels that a whole portion of the population is just being forgotten.

Kaj Embren
Kaj Embren  
1/21/2014 11:40:14 AM
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The Social issue in cities
A number of investment going into cities that bring necessary infrastructure in place for a low carbon economy. But, when we talk about the citizens social life and gap between poor and reach in cities it is always a second priority on the agenda. Segregation and social exclusion is not a way forward as I wrote some time ago.... http://bit.ly/11uMzoR

CitySolver
CitySolver  
1/19/2014 2:28:30 PM
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A model to sustain
I agree Nicole, Even if suucessful model enterprises are identified, how do the cities go on to support them. Do unsuccessful cities miss out doublely because of lack of attention. Its great to reward and encourage the success stories but what about the cities that are struggling. Can they learn from the success stories? or do the successes and rewards just widen the gap between buzzing places and ones that are dying. If it is a model then it is a good idea, if it is a PR thing that fades like you mention with regard to media attention then it may be a gimmick that has no lasting impact. Time will tell. At least it gets debates started regarding successful models which is helpful to those who will listen.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/17/2014 2:59:02 PM
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Small sums
This sounds like a great initiative overall, but I'm wondering how far those sums are going to take the cities. I imagine that a few hundred thousand dollars can get these cities started with their projects, but I would also want to know what the long-term funding strategy will be. My concern is that sometimes contests/competitions make a good PR splash but then the "winners" can be left without a way forward, and a project can die quietly once it's out of the media spotlight.

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