Cities in Transition 2010-2014: From Ideas to Action
The Cities in Transition (CIT) initiative was a four-year program designed to foster exchange and networking among policymakers and practitioners in older, industrial cities in the United States and Europe to promote best practices for the regeneration of distressed urban areas. Through annual study tours supplemented by a series of working meetings and policy workshops, network participants worked closely to articulate critical policy challenges facing their communities and identify ways to adapt innovative solutions that older European industrial cities have implemented to address the myriad challenges associated with urban disinvestment and economic restructuring.
The first three years of programming focused on people, place, and economy within the framework of urban regeneration. These topics were explored on both city and regional scales. Given that connections between these three elements often do not happen organically, intentional collaboration across traditional silos is necessary to achieve equitable and inclusive urban regeneration. The final year of programming focused on diving deeper into the topic of urban regeneration as a whole, while looking through the lens of equity and inclusion.
This report summarizes the activities and outcomes from the four years of the CIT initiative.