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The Just and Well-Ordered

The Realm of Political and Civic Affairs

The Endowment of “The Just and Well-Ordered” refers to the manner in which the institutions and practices of political and civic life contribute to or hinder the capacity of all citizens to thrive. These institutions range from local government and schools to community and neighborhood associations to interest groups and activist organizations. Also included are resources present in a community that support practices necessary for thriving. Among them are the human resources of community networks, strong leadership, and individual and group skills

This endowment is deeply rooted in Jane Jacobs’ idea of the organized complexity of cities. It might even be said that the just management and maintenance of organized complexity is the core task of the institutions and practices encompassed by this endowment.

To learn more about the Endowment of the Just and Well-Ordered, download our research brief below.

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Walkability and the Thriving City

Aside from improvements to cardiovascular health, walking, particularly within one’s community, provides a myriad of benefits.

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The Arbiters of Urban Taste

This past April, the Landmarks Law turned 50. Its legacy has been important for shaping the urban environment.

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A View from the Twin Cities

Is MSP really Greater? A brief look at the Human Ecology of Minnesota’s Twin Cities reveals tremendous upside along with numerous challenges.

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Confronting Climate Change, Rethinking the City

Overcoming our carbon dependence should be seen as an opportunity to rethink for the better an institution largely shaped by fossil fuel: our cities.

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The Social Progress Index and the Long History of Searching for the “Social”

Although there is much to praise about new indexes such as the Social Progress Index, questions remain.

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Solving for Pattern: What Urbanists Can Learn from Wendell Berry

Our typical images of the city often fail us. What we need is a new one that best captures the complexity and beauty of urban life.

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The Hazards of Predicting the Future of Cities

City planners should be wary of any predictions that downplay the unknowability of the future by projecting present conditions onto it.

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About Thriving Cities

Learn about Thriving Cities through an animated overview of the project.

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Who Is the Smart City for?

In India’s rush to transform, build, and even engineer entire new cities, critics are right to raise concerns about citizenship and access

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Governing for the Common Good, Part 1

An interview with Kathy Galvin, a city councilor in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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