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I Could Live There: An Ode to Downtown Oklahoma City

By Andrea Buglione, P.U.M.A. Associate In the 1990s, I’m told, almost no one lived in Oklahoma City’s downtown. The sprawling city’s urban core was for workers occupying sterile office buildings until heading out for the day at five o’clock. Today, the area is home to nearly 10,000 residents, helping make it what we call an [...]

Our Communities Are Not For Sale Gentrification Summit

By Bree Davies, P.U.M.A. Intern Gentrification - “the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.” ~ Merriam-Webster If we start with this definition of gentrification, Denver – like many cities across the world – is in the midst of a citywide gentrification [...]

Progress Report: Evansville, Indiana

We’ve been pleased to be engaged with the City of Evansville since 2016 in a two-step process to advance the revitalization of its downtown.  First, P.U.M.A. led an interdisciplinary team to develop an action-oriented master plan for downtown Evansville. The master plan focused on implementation through strategies to improve the downtown’s economy, environment and experience, [...]

EcoDistricts Summit

By Yvette Freeman, P.U.M.A. Senior Strategist  Last month I had the privilege of attending the eighth annual EcoDistricts Summit in Atlanta. I was introduced to EcoDistricts last year when Denver was the host, and I was amazed at the way gentrification was discussed -- candidly, openly and with a lens on equity and race. The distinctive [...]

To Attract Amazon, Let’s Invest in Ourselves

By Brad Segal, published in the Denver Business Journal, Sept 22, 2017 In pursuing Amazon’s HQ2, the holy grail of economic development, Denver finds itself in a most unlikely position – a favorite. The irony is most appreciated by those of us that have been involved in the evolution of this city since the 1980s. [...]

All In Denver: New Voices and New Choices in Denver’s Growth Debate

Last week’s election emphasizes the importance of local initiative.  Good things happened in Denver – school funding and bonds were approved for DPS, the region supported arts and culture through an extension of the SCFD tax and state voters approved a significant increase to the minimum wage.  Since the summer, we at P.U.M.A. have been [...]

2017 Global Trends Report Now Available!

The 2017 edition of P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report highlights opportunities arising from converging shifts in demographics, lifestyles and competition that are rapidly shaping our cities.  An award-winning research effort, P.U.M.A.’s Global Trends Report is a go-to resource for downtown management organizations, business leaders and local decision-makers. 2017 marks the tenth year that Progressive Urban Management [...]

On Gentrification and Social Equity

P.U.M.A. senior strategist Yvette Freeman offers the dual insight of having lived in a neighborhood that has undergone gentrification and worked for downtown business improvement districts that are promoting community vitality.  The following comments were made by Yvette to set the stage for a discussion on Gentrification and Social Equity at the recent International Downtown [...]

Global Trends Update: Social Equity Benefits the Downtown Economy

Our 2014 Global Trends Report revealed several new influences shaping downtowns including the growing social equity movement.  Social equity is characterized by a fair and equal opportunity for residents to achieve upward socio-economic mobility.   The most visible indicator of the issue is growing income inequality in America, which is now at its most extreme since [...]