Editors' Welcome

What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed-Income Communities Editors' Welcome

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Welcome to this growing compilation of essays focused on urban equity and inclusion! Ultimately, these essays will be published as the fifth volume in the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s What Works series. The focus of this volume is the promotion of mixed-income communities as a place-based strategy to address poverty, segregation, and urban disparity. This volume’s objective is to equip practitioners, policymakers, funders, and others with the latest thinking and tools needed to achieve more equitable and inclusive mixed-income communities.

About 50 essays are currently in development and will be shared here over the next 18 months. The essays will present the insights of almost 100 contributors with a diverse array of backgrounds, professions, and perspectives. Contributors will convey their latest ideas and innovative approaches and propose ways to enhance conventional approaches for advancing community change. All essays address the challenge of achieving stable communities that welcome and nurture a racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse population. We have urged authors to be aspirational but pragmatic about the deep challenges of our era’s political, economic, cultural, and demographic realities. We hope these essays will inspire serious reflection and creative action in your own work and communities.

You will hear from youth who launched their own business in a mixed-income development in Minneapolis, financiers who are seeking to make the case for mixed-income investment opportunities with stronger social outcomes, policymakers who are launching innovative mixed-income initiatives, entrepreneurs who are advancing housing acquisition models that promote mixed-income inclusion, private real estate developers who are adapting their operating models to better advance inclusion and equity, and scholars who will present new data and analyses. The working Table of Contents will give you a full preview of the planned volume content.

In the coming months, we will release clusters of essays grouped by topical areas. We also will host webinars with essay authors to facilitate dialogue about the insights and implications promoted in their essays. The first release, now available, includes an introductory essay by us and three essays that help map the current landscape of mixed-income communities with previously unavailable data. Please sign up here to receive notifications of future essay releases and webinars.

This project is led by our team at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at Case Western Reserve University. We thank our stellar developmental editor Leila Fiester and our wonderful editorial coordinators Emily Miller and Sherise McKinney. We are grateful for the initiative, sponsorship and financial support of The Kresge Foundation, in particular the encouragement and guidance of Aaron Seybert, Kimberlee Cornett, and Rip Rapson. We count ourselves lucky for the partnership of the originator and constant champion of the What Works series, David Erickson at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. We also deeply appreciate the valuable insights and guidance of our advisory committee for this volume.

We approach every day aiming for our shared efforts on urban inclusion and equity to make a dent in the systemic racism and classism that too often interrupts the opportunities for transformative change. We hope that this project will contribute to small shifts in everyday routines as well as deeper shifts in institutions and policies as we discover together how to better promote inclusive, equitable mixed-income communities. We look forward to hearing from you as you engage with us in this journey of learning and individual and systemic transformation.

With appreciation,

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Mark Joseph
Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University


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Amy T. Khare
Research Director at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University