Author: Conor Leblanc

Upcoming Event: Street of the Future Workshop

The first in a three-part series, Street of the Future: Workshop 1, hosted by Boston University, will bring together city leaders, utilities, planners and academic researchers to identify barriers and challenges to coordinated infrastructure management in aging cities and explore emerging solutions. Click here to learn more and register. 

Partner Event: Charter School City

We are pleased to partner with Marcus Winters, Associate Professor at the BU School of Education, to co-host an Education Research Seminar, Charter School City: Post-Katrina New Orleans School Reforms, Their Effects on Students and Schools, and What They Mean for the Future of American Education. The seminar, scheduled for Wednesday April 19, 12pm at the […]

Apply Now: National League of Cities Fellowship

The Initiative on Cities is accepting applications for the 2017 – 2018 National League of Cities Menino Fellowship. The NLC Menino Fellowship provides one Boston University undergraduate student with the opportunity to explore an interest in public service, city-level programs and policies, and municipal leadership on behalf of children, youth, and families through an on-campus […]


Upcoming Film Screening: Boston’s North End

Join the Initiative on Cities and the Italian Consulate for a documentary screening of Boston’s North End: An Italian-American Story. Produced by the North End Historical Society, this film chronicles the vibrant history of the Italian-American community in Boston. This special screening will be held on Thursday April 6th, 6pm-8:30pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 […]

Upcoming Seminar: Race in Education

How have racial disparities impacted the education system in Boston and the Boston region? Join us on Wednesday April 5th from 12pm-1:30pm at the Initiative on Cities, 75 Bay State Road, to hear from practitioners, researchers and other partners working to identify and eliminate racial inequity in our schools and classrooms. Panelists include Colin Rose of Boston Public Schools, Scott Solberg of the […]

Last Call for Urban Research Seed Funding Applications

Friday March 31st is the submission deadline for our 2017 Early Stage Urban Research Awards RFP. This program provides seed funding to Boston University faculty and graduates students working on urban-related research with awards of up to $10,000 each. You can find out more about submission guidelines by visiting our RFP page. Apply now, before it’s […]

Missed it? Catch up on Cities & Kids

More than 80% of American youth live in urban areas. And each day, children who live, play and go to school in cities are shaped by their built, natural and social environments. How do cities help some of their most vulnerable residents – children – achieve their full development potential? What innovative interventions, beyond those […]

Guest Lecture: Universities and Their Cities

NEW DATE DUE TO SNOW: Join us on Wednesday March 29th, 5pm-6:30pm, for a lecture by Rutgers Professor Steven Diner exploring his new book on the roots of American colleges’ traditional rural bias. Why were so many people uncomfortable with nonresident students? How were urban universities influenced by their cities? And how did much-maligned urban universities […]

Immigration, Cities, and President Trump

Immigration has emerged as arguably the dominant story of 2017. Mayors nationwide have been outspoken in their criticism of the Trump administration’s policies thus far. How are cities in Massachusetts, and around the country, navigating the complex issue of immigration? And what might be at stake for cities moving forward? Event recap to be posted soon. 

2016 Menino Survey of Mayors Launch

The Initiative on Cities officially released the 2016 Menino Survey of Mayors Final Report and Key Findings on Tuesday January 10th with a special presentation at the Rockefeller Foundation headquarters in New York City. Couldn’t make it to the launch event? You can rewatch the remarks and presentation by clicking here. We’d like to thank Citi for […]