“For a long time our urban policy was housing. If you want to build something in economically challenging neighborhoods, you’ve got to build neighborhoods. By aggregating the five essential public investments, the private sector will then follow; they won’t lead. That is: safety, schools, parks, libraries and transportation. You put those together, and now you have not one, not two, not three, but four to five separate examples that are bucking the trend.”
Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel on the importance of our civic commons for neighborhood revitalization in his reflections on his time as mayor in The New York Times.