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Since the 1970s, conservative activists have invoked free markets and distrust of the federal government as part of a concerted effort to roll back environmental regulations. They have promoted a powerful antiregulatory storyline to counter environmentalists’ scenario of a fragile earth in need of protection, mobilized grassroots opposition, and mounted creative legal challenges to environmental laws. But what has been the impact of all this activity on policy?

Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities

Almost fifty years ago, America's industrial cities—Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, and others—began shedding people and jobs. Today they are littered with tens of thousands of abandoned houses, shuttered factories, and vacant lots. With population and housing losses continuing since the 2007 financial crisis, the future of neighborhoods in these places is precarious. How we will rebuild shrinking cities and what urban design vision will guide their future remain contentious and unknown.

Projections 11: Call for Papers

Projections 11: Planning Sustainability in Global Ecologies

Call for Papers

Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2012

We would like to share with you the Call for Papers for Projections 11, titled Planning Sustainability in Global Ecologies.

International Law from Below

The emergence of transnational social movements as major actors in international politics - as witnessed in Seattle in 1999 and elsewhere - has sent shockwaves through the international system. Many questions have arisen about the legitimacy, coherence and efficiency of the international order in the light of the challenges posed by social movements. This book offers a fundamental critique of twentieth-century international law from the perspective of Third World social movements.

21 Days of Questions 365 Days of Action

This October, in partnership with DUSP Professor Ceasar McDowell, the City of Cambridge will begin a revolutionary new outreach and education campaign against Domestic Violence. The project asks: What would happen if every one of us in Cambridge started to talk about Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and different forms of Abuse in Relationships? What if YOU, your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers could be part of a whole new way of creating community change: by asking questions to mobilize action?

Despite Obstacles, Considerable Potential Exists for More Robust Federal Policy on Community Development and Health

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Obama administration’s urban policy create an opportunity to link community development with health in new and powerful ways. New federal programs, such as the Affordable Care Act’s Community Transformation Grants, seek to prevent death and disability through policy, environmental, programmatic, and infrastructure changes. But fragmented congressional jurisdiction and budget “scoring” rules pose challenges to needed reform.

Urban Policy Next

Written during the Fall 2008 Presidential campaign season, this essay explains why the conventional way of thinking about and pursuing "urban policy" is myopic and broken--and what America should do instead. What would smarter "place policy" look like, and where should we start?

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