by Priya Madrecki, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications, KaBOOM! //
Oftentimes the most poignant childhood memories are the simplest ones: playing in the backyard with a sibling, learning baseball with a parent, or going to the playground after school. And, frequently, those memories involve play. Play is a critical component to healthy development, and to simply being a kid. It sets the stage for helping kids to achieve their highest potential, and provides those essential, formative moments with friends and adults. It cultivates social skills, greater self-confidence, risk-taking opportunities and the chance to live a healthier lifestyle. Today’s kids deserve each and every one of those benefits linked to play. But for many kids, particularly those living in poverty, having time and access to daily play is a challenge. So how do we provide more opportunities for play by turning everyday spaces into PLAYces?
by: Ed Zdolshek, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities //
The City of Cleveland is on the rise. Not just because its sports teams are winning championships or because the Republican National Convention brought an influx of economic opportunities and people into the city. But because the city is experiencing a revitalization in many of its neighborhoods that have long been dormant. Some of these neighborhoods have already begun their ascension, including Ohio City, Tremont, and the Flats. It looks like Slavic Village will be next.
A Connected City Lesson from Knoxville
By Jay Walljasper //
Knoxville is in an enviable position as the home of the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Scripps Networks Interactive (which runs many cable channels) – all of which attract well-educated people and drive the local economy. Knoxville is a green haven, featuring many parks and greenways as well as a 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness with 40 miles of hiking and biking trails inside the city limits. The Great Smoky Mountains National Parks is only 30 miles away. Downtown is thriving, with nearly every historical building redeveloped and block after block of ground-level retail shops animating the city center.
By Jarrett Spence, J.D. Candidate, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Neighborhood Preservation Clinic //
The Executive Inn
For years, one of the very first sights to greet people entering Memphis from our airport was the Executive Inn. This time last year, the hotel – which was owned by an anonymous corporation in another state – was one of the most pernicious blighted properties in town. The exterior walls had literally fallen off, revealing a three-story derelict dollhouse covered in graffiti and garbage.