Posted Date: December 6, 2022
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Pursuing Equitable Climate Adaptation in Legacy Cities

Cities across the United States need to adapt to a changing climate, but smaller, older cities face unique challenges; namely, equitably adapting legacy infrastructure and an industrially degraded landscape to a changing environment without the same resources and capacities that larger cities typically have. Providence, Rhode Island, recently adopted a climate equity plan to help ensure that adaptation measures target historically marginalized communities that remain the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In July 2022, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Future of Small Cities Institute co-hosted a webinar to discuss the city’s efforts to develop and implement this climate plan, sharing insights into some of the lessons learned so far during policy development and execution.

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Leadership Message:
Biden-Harris Administration National Security Policy – How it Relates to HUD
In the Leadership Message, Cynthia Campbell, director of PD&R’s International and Philanthropic Affairs Division, discusses HUD’s role in national security policy, highlighting the department’s participation in international organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Regional Policy Development Committee; the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management; the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, part of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. HUD also maintains many bilateral partnerships. International cooperation on housing and development issues helps disseminate emerging innovations to help create a safer, more stable, and more prosperous world.

In Practice:
Building a New Community From Historic Roots in Washington, D.C.
Ward 7, in Washington, D.C., has long suffered from disinvestment and high concentrations of poverty. Today, city policies are working to reverse this ongoing damage through community development, enhanced services and investment, and replacing outdated and distressed subsidized housing with mixed-income communities. Two recent projects — Providence Place and The Strand Residences — replace former public housing developments and seek to revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods. The initiative is notable because it incorporated lessons learned from past efforts to replace obsolete public housing, including constructing replacement units before demolishing the old units and adopting measures to protect residents of the surrounding neighborhood from displacement.

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