In Los Angeles’ Skid Row district, homeless camps, shelters and drug treatment centers share the streets with upscale lofts and restaurants. This dynamic fascinates Michael Powe, UC Irvine planning, policy & design doctoral candidate, who heads a project to recommend development and policies to city officials and businesses that would foster economic diversity on Skid Row. This spring he won a $10,000 Public Impact Fellowship from UCI’s Graduate Division that supports students whose research could have significant local, national or global benefit. Powe wants to shape a future in which longtime Skid Row residents and loft dwellers work together for the common good.