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The Psychology of Decline

The Psychology of Decline

For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.

New Life for an Old Church

New Life for an Old Church

A neglected church building in Akron, Ohio has been transformed into a hub for nonprofits, innovation and community.

Pick a focus. Get to work.

Pick a focus. Get to work.

How can city governments and neighborhood groups work together effectively to make their town stronger?

Think Big, Work Small

Think Big, Work Small

To rebuild Akron, we must think big, but work equally hard on doing the small things extremely well.  

Renewal: Getting From Here to There

Renewal: Getting From Here to There

Our neighborhoods won't be revived with a giant infusion of cash. Rather, we have to take small steps over time to truly build economically prosperous cities.

How did we get here, anyway?

How did we get here, anyway?

Why are our cities so spread out, struggling to pay their basic maintenance bills? A look at our history can tell us a lot.

The Great Gamble

The Great Gamble

Once the "Rubber Capital of the World," Akron, Ohio is rebuilding its economy to focus on small local businesses rather than risky, large-scale gambles.