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RMI Outlet

Urban Transformation

Advancing the Regeneration of the Cuyahoga Valley

This report describes the Cuyahoga Regeneration Project, a community effort focused on several projects that simultaneously restore natural systems and strengthen economic development along the Cuyahoga River ship channel. The report contends that environmental restoration is no longer an option for American cities; it’s an imperative. Though many people regard…

Collaborating for Healthy Communities: The Path to a Sustainable Future

This paper offers a brief summary of the principles of community collaboration, describes how collaboration can proceed, and explains smart governance and active listening. Michael Kinsley argues that the path to a healthy community is not paved with charismatic leadership, increasing revenues, or technical expertise. Healthy communities are not formed…

Grappling with Growth: Building a Strong Economy and Great Place to Live

This paper was written for communities that are conflicted over issues surrounding local growth and development. Michael Kinsley argues that the word, “growth” is deceptive and has many meanings. Separating the concepts of development (the things that make a community better) and expansion (the things that make a community bigger)…

Project Assessment Worksheet: a Community Decision-Making Tool

This worksheet is designed to be used by communities when planning projects to encourage well-informed decisions and project design. It can be used at multiple stages in the project design process. It can help communities clarify a proposed project, determine project strengths and weaknesses, discover aspects of the project that…