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Can the Poor Help Themselves? Social Innovation in Boston from Governing Magazine
“… many of these services neither recognize the strengths of families and communities nor build on them, thereby doing little to help grow family and friend networks that are often the first line of defense against the pain of tough times. It was for this very reason that we recruited Maurice Miller and his Family Independence Initiative (FII) to Boston.”

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How to Win Rural Voters Without Losing Liberal Values from the Washington Monthly
“A century ago, urban progressives and agrarian populists united around a politics of taking on corporate monopolies. The Democratic Party’s future may depend on doing the same today.”

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What Donald Trump Doesn’t Get About Pittsburgh

June 11, 2017

What Donald Trump Doesn’t Get About Pittsburgh from Politico Magazine“The former steel town isn’t pining for the old days. It doesn’t need to.”

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City offering greater incentives for development in underserved areas

June 11, 2017

City offering greater incentives for development in underserved areas from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette“Pittsburgh is revamping its tax abatement programs in a bid to encourage the creation of more affordable housing and to coax developers to take risks in neighborhoods that have been bypassed in the rush to build Downtown and in other hot markets.”

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he Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris: We Have Our Own Climate Deal

June 11, 2017

The Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris: We Have Our Own Climate Deal from the New York Times“The experience of Pittsburgh in the three decades since the collapse of the steel industry reveals how a commitment to science, research and green technology can transform our cities.”

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Is There a Case for Liberal Optimism in the Trump Era?

May 29, 2017

Is There a Case for Liberal Optimism in the Trump Era? from the Atlantic“The Democratic Party has lost power at the national level and in state legislatures. Even so, Ruy Teixeira argues that liberals should feel hopeful about the future.”

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‘We showed that together we are great’: Reconnecting in one Pittsburgh neighborhood

May 29, 2017

‘We showed that together we are great’: Reconnecting in one Pittsburgh neighborhood from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette“Staff from FOCUS Pittsburgh (Food, Opportunity, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter), a social service nonprofit in the Hill District, knew some residents there and believed they would successfully pioneer a new kind of community development model, one that was very personal.”

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Overcoming tragedy and harassment, Fatuma Muya builds a new life in Pittsburgh

May 29, 2017

Overcoming tragedy and harassment, Fatuma Muya builds a new life in Pittsburgh from the New Pittsburgh Courier“Sorrow and tragedy are part of what has shaped her life. Yet she chooses to not let it define her as she builds a new foundation in Pittsburgh 26 years after these events. “

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Pittsburgh stakeholders disagree on how to fund affordable-housing programs

May 29, 2017

Pittsburgh stakeholders disagree on how to fund affordable-housing programs from the Pittsburgh City Paper“Pittsburgh City Councilors and housing advocates want to fund the city’s affordable-housing trust fund by raising Pittsburgh’s real-estate transfer tax (RETT), while real-estate agents say the tax will hinder city property sales. Agents believe structural changes at city departments would be more […]

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How housing policy over the last century has made Pittsburgh what it is today

May 29, 2017

How housing policy over the last century has made Pittsburgh what it is today from the New Pittsburgh Courier“To understand the present, we need to know the past.  Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods have been designed, shaped and defined by their past. As we move through Pittsburgh, we are surrounded by the visions of generations of politicians, planners […]

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