Inner City Insights
Resilient Food Systems, Resilient Cities
In the wake of a major natural disaster, will all of Boston’s residents have access to safe and healthy food? Recent storms such as Hurricane Sandy and the blizzards of 2015 have magnified the seriousness of this concern. In 2014, the City of Boston’s Office of Food Initiatives commissioned ICIC to research how Boston’s food system could withstand a major natural disaster, and Mayor Marty Walsh announced our findings this week.
Our research found that food availability and access could be severely compromised in the case of a natural disaster, and we recommend concrete steps that can help ensure that Boston’s food system is resilient enough to withstand a severe disruption. Learn more and read the report.
How to Help Hospitals Become the Next Force for Inner City Change
As Baltimore has recently been shaken by protests and violence, one potential asset has been largely ignored: its hospitals. Baltimore has 12 hospitals, eight of which are located in inner city neighborhoods – more than in any other U.S. city. In a recent blog post, ICIC’s Kim Zeuli and Liz Holden highlighted ICIC research on the ways a few leading hospitals have redefined their community impact by investing in their communities, and what economic development professionals can do to encourage these types of investments.
How Airlines' Decisions Can Boost - Or Hinder - Economic Growth
In the past eight years, Boston’s Logan Airport has added 17 nonstop flights to major international destinations. This global connectivity provides major economic benefits, and nationally, several mid-sized cities are lobbying airlines to increase their local service. A recent ICIC blog post highlighted some of the political and business-led efforts to spur economic growth by expanding airline service.
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