On October 30, 2015, Northeastern University convened experts from the legal, business, and academic community to discuss the "Puzzle of the Urban Core", and Civic Innovation Project Founder & Director, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Fellow Lourdes German, was invited to present her work at this event. According to experts at Northeastern, even as American cities have started to exit our last "Great Recession", urban centers in communities often remain underdeveloped and face high levels of poverty. Experiencing market failure and economic distress, urban cores then become contributors to the nation's worsening inequality gap, Northeastern observes. Experts at the conference were asked to provide fresh research approaches with the potential to transform cities across America facing these challenges.  By examining a range of contemporary models aimed at improving worker participation, financial services, property access, economic competition and business and personal asset growth, Northeastern advanced an important conversation for cities across America and brought together experts that surfaced new connections between law and development in the urban core with the potential to improve cities. Lourdes German contributed to this conversation by presenting the importance of Municipal Fiscal Health to the themes, developed in a working research paper and experiential tool for communities, that she is creating for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's municipal fiscal health campaign. Check out our photo gallery below to see a few highlights of the event.