How a Chicago deep-dish legend is giving back

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 […]

What a weekend in Detroit can teach you about urban renewal

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 […]

Improving communities, brick by brick

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.

Why Detroit Matters

It’s a sad truth: It often takes a disaster before people will do what’s needed to solve a problem. For Detroit, it was a slow-motion tragedy that engulfed the city for decades. Today, however, the city is in the midst of a remarkable turnaround.

Extending the success of cities to neighboring communities

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.

How skills training for women can change communities

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.