What are the ingredients that generate success in urban centers in the United States today? How can the terms of this success be defined and measured? Rather than impose a formula, how can the civic and cultural life of places in transition like Flint, Michigan, or Greenpoint, Brooklyn, be acknowledged statistically so that small positive change can leverage larger effects?

Writer and producer Stephen Zacks founded the Flint Public Art Project in Flint, Michigan, three years ago and is currently writing a book on the art scene in the Lower East Side in the 1970s. Joined in conversation by John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, who has written extensively on urban politics, urban policy, immigration, and New York City. Katherine Carl, curator of the James Gallery, served as moderator.

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