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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 23, 2020
Shrinking Underclass
By Will Marshall
Following dramatic declines in the welfare rolls, there's more good news on the anti-poverty front: The urban underclass seems to be breaking up.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2020
Building a Real Investor Class
By Gene Sperling
Instead of the class war President Bush is fighting for the wealthy, we should help all Americans save.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2020
HomeSAFE Home
By David Billings
A Nashville program aims to undermine the markets where predatory lenders thrive.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 30, 2020
Bush on the Working Poor: "Let 'Em Hire Accountants"
At the very time that the Bush Administration is pushing for somewhere between a half trillion and three quarters of a trillion dollars in new tax cuts targeted primarily to wealthy Americans, it's also thinking about getting tough with working poor families who get back a total of about $32 billion in earned income tax credits (EITC).

PPI | Front & Center | March 19, 2020
Dividend Proposal Would Hit Affordable Housing
By Anne Kim
As if there isn't enough reason to declare the proposed dividend tax cut D.O.A., housing advocates are now warning that eliminating dividend taxes would undermine affordable housing construction.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 21, 2020
Fast Cash for the Tax Man
By Anne Kim and Alan Berube
Tax preparation services in poor neighborhoods generate quick refunds. But they cost their customers, and the U.S. taxpayers, too much. A few easy policy initiatives could change that.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 15, 2020
Looking for a New Vision for an Old City
By Fred Siegel
Newark is stuck in the past, but young politicians -- like Cory Booker -- bring fresh ideas for renewal.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2020
Blueprint Profile: Paul Grogan
The President of the Boston Foundation and CEO's for Cities says his group tries to unite a city's business, political, and academic sectors to maximize economic opportunities.

DLC | New Dem Daily | August 3, 2020
Idea of the Week: Banking the Poor
Progressives in and out of government need to encourage banks to begin seriously competing with fringe institutions for basic financial services for the poor.

PPI | Policy Report | August 2, 2020
Taking the Poor Into Account
By Anne Kim
By effectively entering low-income markets, banks can not only make profits for themselves but can create a great deal of good for low-income consumers and their communities.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago | Transcript | April 5, 2020
The Unbanked and the Alternative Financial Sector
By Anne Kim
Discussion Comments from the Federal Reserve System Community Affairs Research Conference entitled: "Changing Financial Markets and Community Development." The conference was held April 5-6, 2001 in Washington, D.C.

PPI | Backgrounder | January 19, 2021
Urban Economic Prospects in The New Knowledge Economy
By Rob Atkinson
Urban areas can and should pursue high-tech growth. Succeeding in growing, expanding, or attracting high-tech employment will raise standards of living in the region and expand economic opportunity for residents. But doing so will require difficult political choices.

DLC | The New Democrat | December 20, 2020
Ridding Neighborhoods of Abandoned Housing
Atlanta, Cleveland, and more recently Detroit have moved to streamline the process of monitoring and reselling vacant properties.

DLC | New Dem Daily | December 19, 2020
New Markets Initiative: Real Bipartisanship
As part of the last-minute agreement between the Clinton Administration and Congressional leaders over the budget, President Clinton added one final item to the list of truly bipartisan accomplishments that were enacted on his watch: the New Markets Initiative aimed at helping low-income urban and rural neighborhoods develop their private-sector economic potential.

PPI | Policy Report | September 28, 2020
Community Workforce Partnerships
By Kenan Patrick Jarboe
Community Workforce Partnerships (CWPs) would catalyze a holistic approach to a community's employment needs; giving workers access to training, education, and other critical support services; and helping the firms where they work modernize to meet the demands of the New Economy.

DLC | New Dem Daily | August 25, 2020
Idea of the Week: Investing in Homes Closer To Work
Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening and his Department of Housing and Community Development have come up with a novel idea for shortening commute times -- one of the premier "quality-of-life" issues in the New Economy -- while boosting home ownership: a public-private partnership to help workers buy homes closer to work.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 26, 2020
New Markets Initiative Passes House
On a day when Mideast peace talks and the Concorde crashed, something good actually happened in the U.S. House of Representatives. The normally gridlocked body passed legislation implementing the President's New Markets Initiative aimed at stimulating private economic development in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods.

DLC | New Dem Daily | July 14, 2020
Idea of the Week: Computer Mapping For Public Services
Early this year, newly elected Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore decided to replicate "ComStat," a computerized system first developed in New York to display, in near "real-time," exactly where crimes are occurring. But when O'Malley and his staff watched ComStat in action, they had a simple but very important insight: why stop with policing? Why not use computer mapping to revolutionize other city services as well?

DLC | New Dem Daily | May 15, 2020
Idea of the Week: Smart Building Codes
Today's building codes are designed for new construction, but when applied to yesterday's buildings they can pose inflexible barriers to redevelopment. In New Jersey, an innovative approach to regulating urban renewal with flexible building codes is fueling a surge of new investment in old buildings.

PPI | Backgrounder | April 1, 2020
Achieving the American Dream
By Eric Stein and Martin Eakes
Homeownership increases family wealth, builds strong neighborhoods, and reduces social problems. It is the single most powerful tool available for helping hard-working families reach the middle class.

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