Subject: Communities

  • False Narratives About Artists Harm Artists, and Communities

    In 2002, Richard Florida published a book that kicked off a wave of urban development efforts based on the belief that architects, artists, musicians, and writers were core members of an emergent creative class who together represented the economic future…

  • How About Walkable “Small Town-ism?”

    Forgive me if, after living in a small town for seven years, I have forgotten exactly what “walkable urbanism” means. I walk every day on the sidewalks in my town of 1,500 people. Sometimes I’m just walking for recreation, and…

  • Advocates, Have You Created A Judgment-Free Zone?

    How did we get here? What’s to come? Should I be moving to another country??! The last question may seem a bit extreme (or maybe not, for some of you), but these were some of the questions that ran through…

  • To Move or to Improve?

    During a recent national housing conference, a senior HOPE colleague, along with an architect and the mayor of a small Delta town—having won a slot through a rigorous application process—presented a plan to resurrect a failed affordable housing project in…

  • The Ups (and Downs) of Mixed-Income Transformation in Toronto

    The author would like to acknowledge the research assistance of Biwen Liu and Emily Miller as instrumental in the writing of this blog post. This past March on Rooflines, Alan Mallach’s piece, titled "Canada is Looking Better and Better (The Regent…

  • Washington, DC and the Future of Equitable Development

    For three consecutive years, ONE DC and George Washington University have come together to examine and respond to the various trajectories of uneven development that have framed and in all too many cases limited life chances for many of the…

  • 4 Groups That Need to Change to Make Mixed-Income Communities Work

    As long time affordable housing developers and community builders now working in the area of public housing transformation, we appreciate the discussion of mixed-income housing in the new issue of Shelterforce. For many years we have believed in the ideal…

  • Let’s Transform the Zip Codes

    One of America’s best writers, William Faulkner, in explaining why he always set his fiction in the South, said: “I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about, and that I would never live…

  • Filling Vacancies with Food

    When I tell people that food pantries can be a new and innovative way to help lift up communities, they look at me as if I’m a bit out of touch. I get it: Long the province of churches and…

  • Conflict and Placemaking: Tactical Urbanism on Nicollet Mall

    A Mall for “Everyone” Earlier this year, the City of Minneapolis broke ground on a $50 million overhaul of Nicollet Mall, the 12-block centerpiece of its downtown. Like many main street projects, the Nicollet Mall Project is rooted in high-minded…

  • The Demolishing of Buildings, and Political Communities

    Signs like this one, with the following message, went up at Chicago's Lathrop Homes a few Fridays ago:                                            …

  • Common Sense Is Community Development’s Most Powerful Ally

    The title of this post proved itself to be true for us in Duluth, when local organizations got together to address the growing need for healthy food in our low-income neighborhoods. Over the last few years, a coalition known as…

  • The Best Thing I Didn’t Hear All Week

    I'm in Lexington, Ky., this week for the National Community Land Trust Network conference, hosted by the Lexington Community Land Trust. The Lexington CLT had an unusual start—it was created as part of the mitigation of the impact on a…

  • Housing Policy Key to Freddie Gray’s Baltimore—and the City’s Future

    “What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load,” he opined. “Or does it explode?” We saw the answer in late April, when the deferred dream of equal justice…

  • Police & Community Partnerships in L.A. Housing Projects

    LA's Community Safety Partnership has been covered by a variety of media outlets including NPR and The New York Times Magazine. I happened upon it while changing channels via a recent episode of the HBO program "Real Sports with Bryant…

  • Bridging the Age Divide with Clicks, and Bricks

    When you take a moment to ponder the technological leap humankind has made in just the past ten years, it's pretty unbelievable. But if you never made that leap and are watching the world around you move forward with increasing…

  • Community Fears About Shelters, Section 8 Don’t Materialize

    NIMBY fights are a major obstacle to allowing lower income households access to "communities of opportunity." One of the things that is so frustrating about those fights is that they tend to be driven by misinformation and stubborn unfounded fears.…

  • Control of Farmland, City Style

    I have thought a lot lately about the issue of land ownership for farmers, and the barriers they face to buying land so they can plan for growing their business and serving more food consumers. This issue really matters on…

  • Shelterforce Poll Results: Community Developers Feel Conflicted About Police

    When the conversations surrounding the Michael Brown and and Eric Garner cases were at their strongest late last year, Shelterforce conducted a survey, asking our readers how they felt about the relationship between law enforcement and the communities in which…

  • Policing in Communities of Color: We Want to Hear Your Voice

    On Rooflines, bloggers have written directly about events in Ferguson, MO, and indirectly analyzed the social ramifications of racial and economic discrimination going unchecked in communities. From "Three-Strikes" Law enforcement, to sentencing disparity among races in crack/powder cocaine offenses, to…

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