As the cost of leasing commercial space soars in many U.S. cities, a new report from ILSR examines what's behind the skyrocketing rents and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to keep commercial space appropriate, accessible, and affordable for independent businesses.
Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily activities and transactions, extending its tentacles across our economy, and with it, our lives. In this report, ILSR pulls back the curtain on the company, and find that it's at the center of increasing inequality and diminishing opportunity.
Vision Smoketown is meant to evoke conversations with residents, policy makers, investors, business leaders and others about how changes in Louisville will impact the Smoketown neighborhood in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. More importantly, Vision Smoketown provides an opportunity for existing residents to have a positive influence in shaping the future of their neighborhood. This report focuses on Smoketown, a historically Black community in Louisville, KY, but may be useful to other communities looking to have greater influence in shaping the future of their neighborhood.
The People's Guide to the Budget was created to help Louisville, KY residents understand how their tax dollars are spent, and how they can change it.
The Caring Economy Campaign's Fast Fact Sheets are an invaluable resource for making the case for the visibility and value of the work of care in our economic system.
In this report, we introduce some of the key ways that cities can make a difference in the face of federal inaction on climate change.
This report provides an overview of the potential for IWM in cities from the big-picture framework down to examples of tools used by cities on the ground.
Cities should include local food as part of their economic development efforts, and this paper will help them do that.
Local governments have the opportunity to create healthy futures by divesting their funds – general, retirement, utility, pension, etc. – from fossil fuel companies.
This report's goal is to arm progressive local elected leaders and advocates with a range of effective policies that, if adopted, would make a significant difference in getting on that high road. They will be able to use better democratic organization to add value, reduce waste, and capture and share locally the great benefits of doing both.