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Making Sense of Place

The Lives of Cities

A Project of The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Intro

Intro

Explore how three U.S. cities and their residents are dealing with sustainability, spatial inequality, and fiscal health.

Cleveland

Cleveland

Once an industrial powerhouse, Cleveland has lost more than half its population since the peak in 1950. Today, Clevelanders are fixing up old houses, inviting new immigrants, revitalizing the waterfront, and pursuing other strategies to reinvigorate their city.

Phoenix

Phoenix

One of America’s largest and fastest-growing cities, Phoenix has attracted newcomers for decades with its warm weather and plentiful land. But in the face of a hotter, drier future, the sprawling desert metropolis is working to chart a more sustainable course.

Portland

Portland

Known for its landmark policies to contain sprawl and promote car-free living, Portland has attracted hordes of highly educated young people. Will the city fall victim to its own popularity, or can it make room for new neighbors and overcome a legacy of exclusion?