Black in White Space

Penn IUR Scholar Elijah Anderson writes that highly publicized recent incidents have highlighted the frequent racial targeting that blacks face as they live, work, study and otherwise navigate “white spaces.”

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State & Local Public Finance

Looking for information about state and local public finance? Check out State & Local Public Finance Links, a new Penn IUR website for planners, policymakers, researchers, and citizens.

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Urban Fellows

Penn IUR's new Fellows in Urban Leadership program gives outstanding Penn undergrads the opportunity to engage with urban leaders.

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The Inclusive City

The Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.533 million to Penn for a five-year project focused on urban diversity and inclusion entitled “The Inclusive City: Past, Present, and Future.”

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Smart Cities

Penn IUR Co-Director Genie Birch and Faculty Fellow Richard Voith ask: What will the year bring for smart cities?

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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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Principles of Housing Finance Reform

Susan M. Wachter and Joseph Tracy

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