Strategically Leverage State and Federal Policy


Strategically Leverage State and Federal Policy

Forge partnerships at all levels of government to expand funding, programs, and policies dedicated to the equitable revitalization of urban centers
State governments and the federal government can be important partners in supporting local revitalization efforts. Understanding the state and federal policy context is critical for those working to promote urban revitalization in their communities. Policies vary significantly across states; some states treat revitalization as a local responsibility, while others expend significant resources on urban transformation. State and federal support can take a variety of forms, from economic development grants to tax credits for historic preservation.

Walkability Checklist

A walkable neighborhood contributes to safe and pleasant pedestrian experiences. Produced by the Partnership for Walkable America, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Walkability Checklist helps users evaluate the walkability of their neighborhoods.

Welcoming Economies Toolkit

Produced by the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network and tailored to conditions in legacy cities, this online toolkit includes sample policies, strategies, and programs to unlock the potential of and opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and American-born community members.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Pittsburgh, PA

Establishing and maintaining affordable manufacturing space for growing small business in one of Pittsburgh’s most distressed communities

Gary, IN

An urban revitalization initiative that uses a real-time parcel-level survey and mapping platform to guide its strategic demolition and neighborhood stabilization efforts


Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman, 2013
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Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell

Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, 2017
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State Government and Urban Revitalization: How States Can Foster Stronger, More Inclusive Cities

Alan Mallach, 2017
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Preservation Rightsizing Network et al., 2015
The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Liveable Communities, et al., 2018
Paul Jargowsky, 2015
Congress for New Urbanism, 2015
American Planning Association, 2018
Erika C. Poethig et al., 2018
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2018–live
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Research and Policy Lab, 2017
National Association of City Transportation Officials, 2013
White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, 2017

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