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Neighborhoods: What is Working

Open Street Project

Announcing a new phase of the Open Streets movement!

As part of the 2016 International Open Streets Summit in Portland, OR, The Street Plans Collaborative – founder of the Open Streets Project – is excited to announce a new phase in the evolution of the movement. To expand capacity and deepen our expertise, we’re thrilled to welcome 8 80 Cities as our primary non-profit [...]

The Body of Research on Open Streets is Growing – come hear about it at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit!

Charles Brown MPA, Senior Researcher with Rutgers University will present findings from the first-ever survey of a university community aimed to increase their overall diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. The survey highlights nearly 2,000 surveys from a focus group with Black and Hispanic Residents. Come discuss different strategies on how to use this information to remove [...]

Ottawa Canada expert will share 45 years of experience running NOKIA Sunday Bikedays at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit

Ottawa enjoys two seasons of open streets/canals with 7.8 km of Rideau Canal Skateways and 52 km of car-free NOKIA Sunday Bikedays throughout the capital city Ottowa and Gatineau Park. Come hear Bruce Devine with the National Capital Commission speak at the 2016 International Open Streets Summit about their innovative and data-driven analysis of how [...]

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Small Businesses Grow Big Opportunity in the Bay Area

In an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, LISC CEO Maurice Jones and program vice president Joseph Horiye describe how entrepreneurship is lifting a long-disinvested neighborhood. With LISC’s help, small businesses in the Bayview area of San Francisco are creating jobs, energy and opportunity for residents old and new—and offer a model for how to shrink the income gap. Photo courtesy of Yvonne’s Southern Sweets and Chloe Jackman Photography.

A ‘Honeymoon’ for New Businesses in Jacksonville

With smart planning and marketing, and an influx of new companies repurposing old industrial buildings, a wholesale district in Jacksonville is poised to become a hub for the city and the region. Thanks in part to technical assistance and investment from LISC, the poetically named “Honeymoon Yard” holds 346 businesses, creating 6,289 jobs and generating $2.6 billion in annual revenue.

A Personal Stake in Housing the Homeless

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council appointed Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, executive director of LISC's LA office, to a committee that will oversee a $1.2 billion effort targeting homelessness there. The crisis is of particular importance to Trash-Ntuk who, in her youth, experienced homelessness. The initiative aims to create 10,000 units of housing for homeless people and families over the next 10 years.

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