Category: Front Page

New Policy Briefs on Mayors’ Housing Production Goals & Use of Economic Incentives

The Boston University Initiative on Cities is pleased to release two new policy briefs based on findings from the 2018 Menino Survey of Mayors. These briefs provide additional context and deeper understanding of mayoral perspectives on housing production goals and on the use of economic incentives to attract new businesses. Mayoral Views on Housing Production: […]

Prison Changes People, Education Changes Prisons

Prison Changes People, Education Changes Prisons On Tuesday, November 19th, the Initiative on Cities hosted a comprehensive seminar on the power of education in prison systems, as it has proven to be one of the most effective ways to decrease crime and the financial and social costs of incarceration. Moreover, inmates who take part in […]

Book Talk: Latino Mayors: Political Change in the Postindustrial City

On Thursday, November 14th, the Initiative on Cities, the Latin America Studies Program, the African American Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies held a book talk with Marion Orr, the co-editor of Latino Mayors: Political Change in the Industrial City. In Latino Mayors, the authors explore the rise of Latino mayors over […]

Student Food Rescue Fights Waste One Loaf at a Time

By: Douglas Darrah Americans waste 133 billion pounds of food every year and BU students are doing something about it. Ever since 1988, the Student Food Rescue program (SFR) has been saving day old bread, deformed-yet-edible fruit, and unwanted potatoes from the dumpster. They organize “food runs” where two or more volunteer students will take […]

Partner Spotlight: Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground

The Initiative on Cities partners with several organizations across campus at Boston University, each of which offers unique and engaging opportunities and programming for students and faculty. This week, we’re featuring the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground. IOC: What issues is the Howard Thurman Center currently tackling? HTC: The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground […]

Join our team! Seeking a full-time Program Manager & Administrator

Have a passion for urban issues? Looking to join a dynamic team who catalyzes research on, in, and with cities? Apply to be our Program Manager & Administrator! We are looking for a talented candidate to coordinate and execute core IOC programs that support the BU faculty and student community and raise the profile of the Initiative, […]

Rip Off or Reasonable? Cities & Corporate Financial Incentives

Businesses are potentially more mobile today than ever before and have a wide range of options on where to locate. Cities and state try hard to attract investment; as in the competition for Amazon’s HQ2, they often promise significant sums in tax rebates, subsidies and services.  On Friday, October 18th, the Initiative on Cities held a […]

Faculty Friday: Stephanie Curenton

Faculty Friday highlights a member of the IOC Faculty Advisory Board by exploring their work at Boston University and examining their impact on urban studies and city development. This week, we’re speaking with Stephanie Curenton. Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D. is a tenured associate professor in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and the Director […]

Keeping A Good Thing Going: Sustaining Economic Growth in Our Cities

On Wednesday, October 2nd, the Initiative on Cities welcomed Alan Harding, the Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of Metropolitan Manchester, and Midori Morikawa, Director of Business Strategy for the City of Boston, to discuss sustaining economic growth in cities and maintaining momentum while prioritizing inclusivity. Alan Harding dove into his work with the Greater Manchester Combined […]