A Breakdown of San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Crisis

There is a definitive need for affordable housing programs for low-income households. But there is also clearly a need for housing assistance for people earning up to and beyond the city’s median income. When available funds and programs don’t align well with defined needs – and there is simply not enough money to solve the problem, the housing affordability challenge can seem insurmountable. If there is a silver lining to the current state of housing in the Bay Area, it’s that the affordability crisis has served as a much-needed call to action. Under a regional framework known as the 3Ps (production, preservation, and protections), new programs that seek to facilitate new housing construction, preserve existing affordable housing, and to enact tenant protections have been tried, tested, funded, and legislated at the local, regional, and state levels.

Urban Innovation and Change

Urban Innovation and Change

The world is urban. Currently over half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities and this is projected to grow to 70% of all people by 2050. Not only are people increasingly gravitating towards cities for economic opportunity, but they are moving to cities because of...

The Potential of Civic Leaders to Leverage Technology

The Potential of Civic Leaders to Leverage Technology

It seems that we are all entrenched in a world full of mobile devices and wireless connections, providing ready access to the digital world. This connection has been said to limit the connectivity we’ve fostered with other people and the community around us. In...

How the Network is Changing Government

How the Network is Changing Government

Read Gordon Feller's in-depth analysis of How the Network is Changing Government (link to PDF) in the recent issue of Public Sector Digest. Feller, the Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds and Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco, discusses the creation of smart and...

Bill Moggridge, 1943-2012

Bill Moggridge, 1943-2012

Meeting of the Minds, Urban Age Institute and Regional Plan Association recognize with great sadness the passing of Bill Moggridge, a giant in the field of innovation and design. Director of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, co-founder of IDEO, and designer of...

Innovative ICT Solutions for Urban Connectivity

Innovative ICT Solutions for Urban Connectivity

Growing numbers of urban innovations claim to hold the key to unlock the door to a ‘smarter city’. More often than not, these innovations are being embedded into highly complex projects that aim to achieve greater environmental, economic and social sustainability. In...

July 31, 2012: LED Street Lighting Webinar

July 31, 2012: LED Street Lighting Webinar

Presented by David Baum, VP Philips Roadway Lighting Learn how switching to LED street lighting along with connecting streetlights with smart controls can enhance livability while bringing your city's energy costs under control. This event is part of a pre-"Meeting of...

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