Civic Assets for More Equitable Cities

This report by the Urban Institute showcases Reimagining the Civic Commons as a promising solution for change agents across the country who are eager to create more vibrant, connected communities.

By focusing on a collection of civic assets—rather than a single public space—and on achieving key social, economic, and environmental outcomes, cities can fundamentally shift how they revitalize shared public places. This report provides a detailed overview of this innovative approach to civic assets, and shows how thoughtful and intentional design and programming of public space can counter the social isolation, economic inequities, segregation, and mistrust of people and institutions experienced by far too many Americans.