Our Stories

A Creative Approach to ‘Place’

In the final post of his blog series, Chris Walker, LISC’s director of research, explains how creative placemaking leverages the power of local artists, culture and history to create economic opportunity and improve their overall quality of life in urban and rural communities alike.

How To Build A Charter School

After years of guiding charter school facilities development, LISC has bottled its knowledge in a new platform: SchoolBuild: From Idea to Construction. SchoolBuild is an essential online resource to support charter school leaders as they dig into the process of creating a bricks-and-mortar facility, with advice on everything from cost projections to financing options and the many other steps required to bring a new school to life.

10.04.2017 -

Forging Skilled Workers in a New Kind of Steel Yard

The Steel Yard, a refurbished former metalworking plant in Providence, RI and longtime LISC partner, functions as an industrial arts and jobs training center. Its Weld to Work program readies un- and underemployed residents to take on living-wage positions in the metal trades and is now an official part of the state’s new workforce development initiative, Real Jobs Rhode Island.

9.07.2017 -

Community-Police Partnerships, and How to Help Them

In a roundtable discussion for Shelterforce, Julia Ryan, director of LISC’s safety and health programs, explained our multi-pronged approach to nurturing collaboration among law enforcement, residents and community developers. The upshot is neighborhoods with lower crime, less blight and greater resident confidence in police.

8.29.2017 -

Creative Placemaking in Words and Pictures

This August, we highlighted LISC's creative placemaking work in locales across the country, funded in large part by a grant from The Kresge Foundation. Here's a roundup of all the stories you might have missed.