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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?

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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.

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Overlooked & Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in PA

To develop strategies to ensure all Pennsylvania households reach economic security requires data that defines how much is enough and which households are struggling. This brief reveals the “overlooked and undercounted” of Pennsylvania, describing which families are struggling to make ends meet.

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Community Reinvestment Act in a Changing Financial Landscape

This study provides new evidence on the impact of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on mortgage lending. The loss of CRA coverage leads to an over 10 percent decrease in purchase originations by CRA-regulated lenders. This study demonstrates how different lenders respond to the incentive of CRA credit.

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The Devaluation of Businesses in Black Communities

Black people represent 12.7% of the U.S. population but only 4.3% of the nation’s 22.2 million business owners. Because Black and white people show no underlying differences in characteristics that predict entrepreneurial success, this gap represents major untapped entrepreneurial potential across U.S. cities.

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Advancing Frontline Employees of Color

At a time when there are rising societal expectations for companies to embrace a more active role in society and lead with an ambitious corporate purpose, employers face an unprecedented opportunity to advance racial equity as a source of competitive advantage by intentionally finding ways to advance the careers and enhance the experience of employees of color.

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