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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

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. Then an economic basket case, metro [...]

October 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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 supporting the creation of a new [...]

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments