Disciplined leadership in advancing sustainability

Responses to a Quickly Evolving Landscape

  • The Test Just Began for the Community Benefits Movement

    In November 2017, Detroit voters approved a groundbreaking ordinance that will require developers of the city’s biggest taxpayer-supported projects to sign a city-negotiated community benefits agreement (CBA) before a shovel goes into the ground. This kind of CBA ordinance could make pursuing greater equity in development easier.  

  • City of Seattle Building Stronger Connections With Community Liaisons

    Hiring community liaisons from historically underrepresented neighborhoods builds long-term relationships, allows local government to take care of problems residents already have, and increases willingness to participate in planning processes when city government needs it.  

  • How Seattle’s Well-Intentioned Planning Experiment Went Wrong

    “Real equity,” meaningful engagement of marginalized people in planning includes translation, meeting times when they can meet, babysitting, training on technical issues, and specific opportunities to share their views with other stakeholders, A good summary in this article of what it takes. Seattle took a step forward with targeted outreach and is ready to learn from what did not work.   

  • Home

    Delta Institute, where I serve as board chair, recently issued its annual report. Take a look. It is inspiring at a time when we need it.  

  • Baltimore Deal Will Support Black Entrepreneurship

    What I like about this approach is that it focuses on serious work to uncover barriers over time and add features that address them.  It is hard to know all the barriers up front.  There has to be a commitment to on-going change.  

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