Many legacy cities have developed policies, programs, and initiatives that are—or should be—national models for inclusive and sustainable revitalization. While this list is far from exhaustive, the initiatives profiled here reflect some of the best efforts local communities are using to bring about change with limited resources. None are silver bullets, but each contribute to the systems change required to achieve meaningful impact.

Initiative Profiles

Cleveland, OH

A one-year fellowship with a strong professional development component that places recent college graduates in a Cuyahoga County public agency

Lawrence, MA

Supporting emerging food service businesses with yearlong business support services and a prominent downtown food service storefront

Rochester, NY

Supporting long-term residency by providing free architectural designs for owner-occupants seeking to add a half-bathroom to the ground floor of single-bathroom homes


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