Improving A Local Park

Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.

Integrate a Racial Equity Toolkit

Cities can implement processes that force city departments to take racial impact into consideration before making big decisions. Known as a “racial equity toolkit” that mandates that cities go through a series of steps during the project planning process and during annual budgets. Imagine, for example, that you wanted to build a new development in a low income part of town that hasn’t seen investment i many years. Thanks to the low cost of land and proximity to downtown, which is newly bustling, a developer wants to build a condominium project tailored to young professionals.

Ban Fracking in Your City

Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.

Become a “Sanctuary City”

Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.

Inclusionary Housing Policies

Inclusionary Zoning is a policy that states that any new buildings include a percent set aside for only low income people at rates they can afford. Some of these policies are mandatory, some allow developers to pay fees to bypass them, and others give incentives such as density increases if they agree to providing these affordable houses. This is a sharp diversion from traditional solutions to building affordable housing, which generally builds dense housing on inexpensive land far away from where jobs are. Inclusionary housing allows low income people to live in areas they wouldn’t normally be able to afford, and are more likely to be located near public transportation, jobs, and public amenities.

City-Wide Community Owned Broadband

Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.

Bike Share Program

Bike shares are stations located on corners across a city that lets a rider rent a bike and drop off at other set stations, all without the hassle of watching your own bike. It makes biking more convenient, accessible, and affordable. From bustling New York City to quaint College Park, Maryland (pop. 30,000), cities of all sizes have seen the benefits of bike sharing. The explosion in popularity has allowed low cost vendors to enter the market, making it easier than ever for cities to bring. Research has shown that increase use of bikes can reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions by up to 11 percent.

Adding Accessory Units

Problem As incomes continue to stagnate the cost of housing continues to rise, lower and middle class people are finding themselves either losing more of their incomes or being forced into slums. For lower and middle class Americans this has become an affordable housing crisis. There are many factors to the loss of affordable housing,…