Why Cities?

In conjunction with Penn's theme "Year of Why," Penn IUR asked urban experts to reflect on the question, "Why Cities?"

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Smarter Cities

Penn IUR Co-Directors Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter, and Faculty Fellow Richard Voith ask: Can rapidly urbanizing cities in low and moderate income countries become "smarter"?

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Post-Industrial Cities

Jeremy Nowak's work considers the fragility of growth in post-industrial cities.

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Building Bridges: Research to Practice

Penn IUR's 2017-18 Annual Report, "Building Bridges: Research to Practice," details Penn IUR's work from July 2017 through June 2018 and looks ahead to future initiatives.

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The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is dedicated to advancing cross-disciplinary urban-focused research, instruction, and civic engagement on issues relevant to cities around the world. As the global population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels.

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State & Local Public Finance Links

Penn IUR's online resource for planners, policymakers, researchers, and citizens to access information and expert analyses about state and local public finance in the United States.

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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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