Center for the Future of Cities

The Role of Cities in Growing the Renewable Energy Market

October 22, 2021 / Comments Off on The Role of Cities in Growing the Renewable Energy Market

Despite the tumultuous past two years, local governments in the US bought more renewable energy in 2020 than ever before. There was a 23 percent increase from 2019 as nearly 100 cities and counties completed 143 deals and added more than 3,600 megawatts of renewable energy capacity. On a larger scale, according to CDP, over […]

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2020 Newark Connected City

October 12, 2021 / Comments Off on 2020 Newark Connected City

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in partnership with the City of Newark and Invest Newark engaged Econsult Solutions to craft a connected city plan for Newark, New Jersey. By becoming a connected city, Newark can leverage smart technologies to further interconnect the local government and its citizens. The Connected Newark plan serves as a […]

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Economic Insecurity and Cities

October 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Economic Insecurity and Cities

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragile economic situation faced by millions of American households in an era of growing income inequality. At the same time, the government response to the pandemic has demonstrated the ability of policy to impact income security, with aggressive fiscal policy tools leading to a material decrease in the poverty […]

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What Can Jobs Tell Us About Equity in Cities?

October 1, 2021 / Comments Off on What Can Jobs Tell Us About Equity in Cities?

Cities are having a bit of a renaissance. If you need proof, look no further than the most recent decennial Census numbers. The 10 most populous incorporated places grew by an average of just about 7% over the last 10 years. While most cities welcome population growth, especially older cities that are coming out of […]

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City Scenarios for a Post-COVID Future

September 17, 2021 / Comments Off on City Scenarios for a Post-COVID Future

One thing is clear: More than ever, people and firms are re-evaluating where they live and work. The choices they make will have a major impact on the future shape of our communities. The policies we choose will shape the location decisions that are made. Even before the pandemic, digital technologies supporting online retail, virtual […]

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Delaware Life Post Covid

August 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Delaware Life Post Covid

ESI Principal and Co-Chair of the firm’s Board of Directors Dr. Richard Voith articulates how cities, towns, and rural areas should brace for lasting changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using three scenarios, Dr. Voith explicates the future of cities by drawing a tangent parallel to Declining Urban Density, Return to “Normal”, and how Policy- and Tech-Savvy Cities Expand Their Reach. Dr. Voith […]

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