Some might believe a car crashing into a restaurant’s dining room during the first night of service would be a negative omen, but Lou Malnati was hardly fazed when it happened to his Chicago-based business in 1971. Instead of panicking, he picked up the pieces, made repairs, and focused on serving up his unique pizza […]
Visitors to New Orleans often want to take a piece of the city’s culinary magic home with them, and many do just that by learning traditional cajun and creole cooking skills in the heart of the French Quarter. For 35 years, the New Orleans School of Cooking has been sharing the fun, food and folklore […]
With a number of major public projects well underway, Detroit’s planners and lenders have renewed focus on the role of small business development in the city’s ongoing revitalization. Now the next step of putting these lessons to work nationwide is taking shape. The famous urban planning pioneer Jane Jacobs knew well that such comeback stories […]
Detroit’s ongoing renewal offers an ideal opportunity to enact modern urban planning practices, via both physical construction projects as well as the innovative relationships behind the scenes that bring plans to fruition. Public-private partnerships like the one between the city of Detroit and JPMorgan Chase pool the strengths of both parties—the city’s plans to move […]
Keona Tate saw promise, where many could not. In the south side Chicago neighborhood of Woodlawn, she was happy to find a vacant, two-family brick home within walking distance of both her job and her son's high school. Tate recently purchased the property with the help of a local homebuyer assistance program and plans to live in the building's first-floor unit while renting out the other one.
The ongoing revitalization of American downtowns has seen restaurants, businesses and residential developments result in bustling streets and thriving local economies. But often, surrounding neighborhoods haven’t experienced the same renaissance. Many families in nearby communities continue to grapple with limited housing, few services and grim commercial landscapes.
When was the last time you saw an all-female construction crew? Chances are you don’t have an answer: Women make up a mere 3 percent of workers in well-paid, middle-skill construction jobs, according to“Pathways to Equity: Narrowing the Wage Gap by Improving Women’s Access to Good Middle-Skill Jobs” a new Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) study commissioned by JPMorgan Chase & Co.