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.
Akron, Ohio offers a shining example of the many benefits of street trees.
When a neighborhood commercial street comes back to life, the whole city benefits.
…even when they get rid of a few parking spots in the process.
A neglected church building in Akron, Ohio has been transformed into a hub for nonprofits, innovation and community.
After the crowds clear, what type of long-term impact does a public event leave in its wake?
A vacant house becomes a resource and community space for immigrants, visitors and neighbors.
How can city governments and neighborhood groups work together effectively to make their town stronger?
In Akron, Ohio, local leaders are taking steps to ensure that vacant spaces can be filled and new businesses can thrive.
What does putting up lawn chairs and chalking lines down the street actually accomplish?
Good food and good community are helping to shape a successful downtown.
A unique competition at the University of Akron enables students to realize their entrepreneurship dreams.
Strong citizens take pride in the micro as well as the macro, from their front lawn to the city in which they live.
To rebuild Akron, we must think big, but work equally hard on doing the small things extremely well.
“When we look at Akron, we see nothing but opportunity." - Chuck Marohn
Lessons from Akron's transportation history.
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.
New investment and residential redevelopment is not the enemy of these communities. It is their best friend.
Why are our cities so spread out, struggling to pay their basic maintenance bills? A look at our history can tell us a lot.
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.