The New Localism

Penn IUR Fellow Jeremy Nowak writes that the power to create social, economic and environmental change lies in the hands of a new kind of localism.

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Read about Penn IUR's latest news, events, and research, including an in-depth interview with Faculty Fellow Lisa Servon.

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Sustainable Urban Development

"Penn: Current Research on Sustainable Urban Development," is a collection of eleven research papers on key urban topics, presented at WUF 9, the world’s premier conference on urban issues.

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The Competition for Amazon

Penn IUR's experts weigh in on whether cities will win or lose from the competition to host Amazon's second headquarters.

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Mayor: The Best Job in Politics

Read an exclusive excerpt from former Mayor Michael A. Nutter's new book about leadership, governance and his two terms as mayor of Philadelphia.

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Global Urban Commons

The Global Urban Commons (the Commons), is a publicly-accessible, global directory of university-based urban research centers.The Commons, which includes more than 200 urban-research focused organizations from around the world, is a platform to build awareness about the breadth and depth of global urban research. The site i...

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Metrolab Network

Penn IUR has joined other universities across the nation to create a “Metro Lab Network” of university and city government partnerships committed to collaboration focused on 21st century solutions to the challenges confronting infrastructure, city services, and civic engagement. The Metro Lab Network will bring together...

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Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

In partnership with the Taiwan Institute for Economic Research (TIER), Penn IUR is working to develop and maintain a knowledge-sharing platform (KSP) for the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG).

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Principles of Housing Finance Reform

Susan M. Wachter and Joseph Tracy

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