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Tech Entrepreneurship Can Do Big Things for Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Update 6/17/16: Last night at the Sustain-a-City Celebration, our panel of judges chose the winners of the 2016 Apps Competition. Congratulations to all of our finalists! The winning teams are: 1st place: Stop Crime App 2nd place: Chi Safe Path 3rd place: Neighbors Creating Neighborhoods People's Choice: Schedule Scout A big thank you as well to our judges: Shelley Stern Grach | Director – Civic Engagement for the Technology and Civic Engagement (TCE) group at Microsoft... Continue reading »

 

Goal for Global Cities Should be Poverty Reduction

As leaders from around the world converge for the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, it's worth asking about the very nature of “global cities.” Are they simply big, innovative, and connected business centers that generate wealth for a select few? Or are they world-leading places because they create economic opportunity for everyone?   The often-cited A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index doesn’t even factor income inequality into its formula. But Euromoniter International finds that the world'... Continue reading »

 

RainReady Joins Blue Island Resilience Effort

One of the first times Mary Carvlin’s basement filled with rainwater overnight, a local water manager told her something that has, hauntingly, proven true time and time again. He told her that “the thing that makes flooding so traumatic is that when the flood is over, the nightmare is just beginning.” Mary lives in Blue Island, a suburb south of Chicago that saw its heyday back when the primacy of American manufacturing wasn’t yet a memory. Thanks to funding from Cook County, CNT’s RainReady... Continue reading »

 

Neighborhood Affordability: What Does Parking Have To Do With It?

One out of every three spaces. CNT visited the back lots and garages of apartment buildings around Chicago at 4:00 a.m., when tenants are asleep and their cars parked, and found one third of parking spaces empty. This excess parking capacity is a neighborhood affordability issue. Each indoor, underground parking space costs $37,300 to build. Multiply that by all of the spaces in the lot, and the price tag is huge. What if developers applied that money to build more affordable housing instead... Continue reading »

 

Guest Blog: Moving Neighborhood Residents From Information Consumers to Change Agents

Ten years ago, there was widespread concern about the Digital Divide; people in poor neighborhoods had few PCs and little Internet access and thus couldn’t break into the mainstream economy. Today, smartphones have solved a lot of these problems: residents of low-income communities are more likely than more affluent communities to own and use smart phones as a communications vehicle where there is a lack of broadband access. But that’s just the start of what’s possible: moving from... Continue reading »

 

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