It is not more bigness that should be our goal.  We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to…the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility…and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.

– Robert F. Kennedy

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.

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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.

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