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Community Ties: Understanding what Attaches People to the Places where they Live

What attaches people to the places where they live? To explore this question, Urban Institute, in partnership with the firm SSRS, surveyed over 11,000 Americans: 1,206 U.S. adults living in urbanized areas and 10,261 living in 26 metro areas throughout the United States where Knight Foundation works.


#RealCollege During the Pandemic

The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far short of their needs. This new report examines the impact on the security of students’ basic needs, as well as multiple indicators of their well-being, including employment, academic engagement, and mental health.



On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust

On Common Ground: International Perspectives on the Community Land Trust, available June 2020, is a collection of twenty-six original essays, written by forty-two scholars and practitioners from a dozen countries, tracing the growth and diversification of the international community land trust movement.

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PACDC Magazine – Tell Me a Story: Community Developers as Story Tellers

PACDC’s 2020 Magazine explores the role of community developers as both story tellers and guardians of their neighborhood’s history.


Creative Placemaking: For Whom, by Whom

The writers who contributed to this collection report with curiosity and energy on all the ways that placemaking manifests in urban society — in museums, small-business corridors, urban farms, bike trails, affordable housing complexes, and under highway overpasses, among other transformed spaces. As each story unfolds, we hear an urgent, recurring question: Even with deep community engagement, how do you place-make responsibly and equitably for the people who should benefit, in a manner that prevents displacement and gentrification?


Responding to COVID-19 Policy Agenda

PACDC released a policy agenda calling for protections for renters, home owners, small businesses, and the non-profits that serve them, to help Philadelphia make it through the immediate COVID-19 crisis.