Through an ongoing partnership with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, Penn IUR fosters research and collaboration related to the growth and revitalization of older cities. Every other year, Penn IUR partners with the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank to develop the research component of their biennial conference that addresses issues specific to older industrial cities.

Past conferences have included: Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth and Opportunity (May 2014);  Reinventing Older Communities: Building Resilient Cities (May 2012); Rethink. Recover. Rebuild: Reinventing Older Communities (May 2010); and Reinventing Older Communities: How Does Place Matter?(May 2008). 

As an outgrowth of its work with the Federal Reserve Bank on the Reinventing Older Communities conferences, Penn IUR has published a series of books on the topic of revitalizing older cities through its City in the 21st Century book series. These books aim to highlight the best research on the topic, and include: Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America (2011); The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform (2011); and Revitalizing America’s Cities (2013).


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