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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.

The Prosperous
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The Triumph of the Farmers’ Market

The “sidewalk ballet” of the farmers’ market

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The Good
The Prosperous
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Why the New Flows of Capital Matter for Cities

Cities are increasingly being eyed by tech companies for their social dynamism and ability to generate innovation. This will have tremendous consequences for the future of society.

The Beautiful
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Reflecting on "Data" and "Big Data" for Cities

Given the rapid pace of city growth and the concurrent demand for better infrastructure and services, pressure on city leaders and managers to make smart policy and planning decisions around investment has never been greater.

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Harnessing Big Data to Democratic Ends

Can we have the benefits of Big Data without the drawbacks? Is there a way to harness the democratic power of information while also promoting democratic open-mindedness and popular empowerment?

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Governing for the Common Good: An Interview with Kathy Galvin—Part 2

Kathy discusses the effect of different departmental silos on governance, as well as the difficulty of finding common ground among citizens on historically fraught issues.

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Governing for the Common Good: An Interview With Kathy Galvin—Part 1

Charlottesville city councilor Kathy Galvin on the challenges of city governance

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Why Cities Need More than Big Data

According to some proponents of Big Data Urbanism, data and powerful computational techniques will domesticate urbanization and transform our cities into responsive devices.

The Good
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Thinking About Homelessness (Without Thinking About Poverty)

Thinking about homeless requires separating it from the larger discourse on poverty.

The Beautiful
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The City of Big Data—Is It Enough?

During 2013, 6,922,484 tweets originated in Chicago. That same year, members of the city’s Divvy bike-sharing program logged 750,000 rides and 633,647 callers reported abandoned vehicles, potholes, and rodent infestation through the city’s 311 program.

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Urban Policy: Lessons From History

Tracing the development of urban policy in the United States is an often-vexing affair in historical wayfinding. Urban policy in the United States has been, like our metropolitan areas themselves, something of a sprawling mess.

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