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Learning the “Ugly” Truth about the Legal Discrimination Against People with Disabilities

By Bree Davies, P.U.M.A. Equitable Communities Strategist At various points in American history, it has been legal to discriminate against people with disabilities. More than 100 years before passing the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, so-called “ugly laws” were on the books in states across the country. These laws were created to keep people with disabilities and people with visible physical [...]

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

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 “18-hour city.” Projections indicate that the [...]

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

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 process. While not a new phenomenon [...]

March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

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, and included a road map to [...]

March 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Rapid City Implements Plan Recommendations, Creates Innovation Center

From the moment in early 2016 when the P.U.M.A. team arrived to kick off the downtown planning process, it was obvious Rapid City leaders were eager to learn how to transform their downtown into a thriving urban core. Witnessing proactive and quick implementation of plan strategies is every urban planner’s dream. So we were thrilled to learn that public and private [...]

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

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 quality about the EcoDistricts organization, its [...]

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments