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> DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING MIT


After years of decline in the United States and abroad, cities are experiencing renewal, driven in part by the private sector. At the same time, many low-income, minority, and migrant communities lack adequate housing, infrastructure, public services, and economic opportunities. To truly deliver on the promise of the city, we must take advantage of every opportunity to create vibrant, inclusive communities for all residents.

FOSTERING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

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SUSTAINING INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS

This project looks at the challenges of growth management of cities in the global south. The goal is twofold: on one side an interest in the creation of predictive models of city growth under conditions of urban informality, as tools to inform design and planning decision making process. Secondly, the project is interested in generating urban development strategies that use the inherent qualities of the informal development in the cities in the south as a way to direct growth in ways that is sustainable and equitable. Jota Samper

> PUERTO RICO ECONOMY PROJECT

PREP is a multi-disciplinary effort to identify and support major sources of sustainable economic growth and employment in Puerto Rico. The island’s unique assets and challenges—including high unemployment and a complex relationship to the U.S.— make Puerto Rico a uniquely powerful learning laboratory on issues such as inclusive innovation in the economy, crosssector learning and experimentation, the role of migrant networks, and “the civics of transformation”—including institutions and culture as resources for mobilizing change. Susan Silberberg

DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING MIT

> LIVING WAGE CALCULATOR

In many American communities, families working in low-wage jobs make insufficient income to live locally given the cost of living. Recently, in a number of high-cost communities, community organizers and citizens have successfully argued that the prevailing wage offered by the public sector and key businesses should reflect a wage rate required to meet minimum standards of living. Therefore we have developed a living wage calculator to estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location. Amy Glasmeier

> BUILDING CAPACITY FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Community-based organizations are expanding their missions to include green development and energy efficiency, job creation, political organizing, asset building, and the execution of complex real estate deals. These efforts offer potential for greater effectiveness and sustainability, but they may require skills beyond the current levels of many neighborhoodbased nonprofits. Working in partnership with public and nonprofit partners, faculty and students at DUSPMIT build planning capacity at the local level, through skills workshops and the development of interactive software tools to help community groups find and use data. Ezra Glenn


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SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTING FOR HEALTH

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTING

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and other partners are currently creating a $30 million private equity fund that will invest in transformative, mixed use transit-oriented development projects in Massachusetts. CLF and its research partners are launching a prospective, longitudinal study to examine the effects of transit-oriented development investments on neighborhood conditions, residents and health. We will follow intervention and matched control communities longitudinally to clarify the role of social impact investing in creating healthier neighborhoods and to provide important insights about the connection between the built environment and health. Mariana Arcaya

This study assessed the community development impacts of Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (UIG) investments in New Orleans and Newark and analyzed its contribution to the community development finance field. The report found that Goldman Sachs made important contributions to New Orleans recovery, especially in the Central City and TremĂŠ/ Lafitte neighborhoods and helped create a new mixed-use downtown neighborhood and accelerated charter school facilities development in Newark. It concluded that UIG is an effective model for community development investing that shows how large banks can supply more diverse types of capital and provide leadership to advance high impact projects and strengthen local community development ecosystems. Karl Seidman

> DUDLEY STREET NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVE

Provides students with an opportunity to collaborate in the Dudley neighborhood as part of a ongoing commitment of DUSP to work with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative on projects ranging from the building design, housing, energy, food systems, education, economic cooperatives, community arts and citizen engagement. Ceasar McDowell DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING MIT


Design: Mario Avila Design


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DUSP/MIT: Fostering Inclusive Communities