Urban Update 
The monthly newsletter of the UMass Dartmouth
Urban Initiative
May 2013
We are celebrating cities (and springtime!) with a big event next week--Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green, will be speaking about her research and ideas on the critical role of cities like Fall River and New Bedford in responding to a changing climate. At the same time, we'll be exhibiting the wonderful images submitted by contestants in our photo contest to illustrate the themes of the SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project.

Both events will take place at 6p on Thursday, May 9 at New Bedford's Celtic Coffee House (42 N. Water St.). Best of all, our event is part of the city's AHA! night, the theme of which is 'City Views.' So stick around afterward and join in the celebration of all things urban!
SouthCoast Indicators
We're adding new content at a pretty good clip: last month featured new data on collaborative leadership, and this month we're presenting you with data on Brownfields and walkability. Here's what you can learn about:
  • New Bedford's most walkable zip code--based on proximity to a range of amenities--is 02744. Fall River's? 02721.  
  • In both cities, fewer than 4% of residents walk to work. 
  • Fall River has 11.2 contaminated sites per square mile. New Bedford has more than double, with 24.3 

Want to learn more? Use these links to learn about Brownfields (Fall River / New Bedford) and  walkability (Fall River / New Bedford).

From the blog
 Upcoming Events

What: 'Sustainable Cities' keynote: Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green will discuss her book on the importance of cities like Fall River and New Bedford in a low-carbon future
When: Thursday, May 9, 6:00p
Where:  Celtic Coffee House, 24 N. Water Street, New Bedford

What: SCUIP photo contest exhibit - view the submissions and help us pick a winner!
When: Thursday, May 9, 6:00p
Where:  Celtic Coffee House, 24 N. Water Street, New Bedford
Cost: Free

World We Want Foundation - Deadline: rolling


The World We Want Foundation is offering grants of up to $5,000 to youth between the ages of 13 and 25 who want to make a difference through a range of social action activities, including community service projects, service-learning projects, and social ventures. Qualified applications must have a project team of one or more youths, a partner organization that supports and sponsors the team, and a project mentor to guide and advise the team. RFP here

 Job opportunity

Community organizer
United Interfaith Action, New Bedford/Fall River

United Interfaith Action is seeking a full-time community organizer to lead organizing in congregations in New Bedford and Fall River, by recruiting and training grassroots leaders and leading campaigns which may include immigration reform, economic justice, civic engagement and/or parent organizing. For more information, click here

In this issue:
SouthCoast Indicators
From the blog

 About the Urban Initiative:


The UI is a division of the Center for Policy Analysis that addresses challenges and opportunities in the region's smaller industrial cities, with a particular emphasis on Fall River and New Bedford.  


In addition to conducting applied research, evaluating programs and policies, facilitating collaborations, and providing technical assistance to cities and organizations therein, the Urban Initiative serves as a knowledge base for urban policy issues in the region.


Perhaps most importantly, our work to support cities supports UMass Dartmouth students. Graduate and undergraduate students enjoy the opportunity to apply their coursework in the field by serving as paid staff and interns. If you are or know of a UMass Dartmouth student who wants to work with the Urban Initiative, get in touch!

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Graduate research assistant:
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