Subject: Community Development

  • Not Your Average Community Garden

    [Foreword: The 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of the nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), is working to transform an old freeway into a new civic space across the Anacostia River. In the…

  • In Troubled Times, Taking Stock of Our Community Wealth

    In the wake of the 2016 election, many have focused on the vote and the politics behind that vote. But it is important, too, to look to movement assets that might be available to mobilize to continue to build local…

  • Universities Step Up and Commit to Challenging Inequality

    Earlier this year, Campus Compact—a group that brings together 1,100 colleges and universities to advance civic responsibility—held its 30th annual conference where it called on member campuses to develop Civic Action plans to embrace a set of five community commitments.…

  • Earned Income Should Not Replace Public Funding for Community Development

    The second article in our New Frontiers series, "Getting Beyond the Developer Fee" has spurred some discussion. "This article accurately portrays the state of the community development field . . . and it should worry those who are committed to…

  • Co-ops Gain Ground in Communities of Color

                                            Since 2010, 60 percent of new cooperative worker-owners are people of color and more than two thirds of total worker-owners…

  • In Memoriam: Marva Smith Battle-Bey

    Marva Smith Battle-Bey, director of the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation in Los Angeles, which she founded in 1979, passed away on April 7th. Battle-Bey was well known not only in Los Angeles, where she played a major role in…

  • Harvard Planners Talk Race, Design, and St. Louis

    In our recent interview with long-time urban planner and racial equity advocate Chester Hartman, he told us he thought that urban planning programs were not "taking race and poverty into consideration in the essential way that planning ought to be…

  • Can We Build a Movement for Structural Economic Change? We Must

    This July, the New Economy Coalition (NEC), a coalition of over 140 organizations from across North America, will convene in Buffalo for its biennial conference. Called Commonbound, the gathering has adopted the stated goal of “changing the script for how…

  • Health Care Confronts Challenge to Shift from “Volume to Value”

    Health care, as we all know, is a big business. U.S. hospitals alone have $782 billion in total annual expenditures, which is roughly five percent of gross domestic product. Hospitals also purchase an estimated $340 billion goods and services, and…

  • FHFA’s Proposed Duty to Serve Rule – New Opportunities for Community Builders

    Community housing and community development advocates could see new opportunities for financing from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2016 and beyond under a new draft rule proposed December 15, 2015. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the regulator and…

  • Tackling Uncomfortable Issues, With Enthusiasm

    We've written about the fissures that can appear when community developers and organizers of different ages, gender, or ethnic and racial background attempt to work in the same spaces. National CAPACD enthusiastically embraced all of these issues at its convention…

  • Community Development and Faith

    Pope Francis begins his visit to the United States today with stops in Washington D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. In New York City, he will convene an interfaith prayer group of over 400 religious leaders at the September 11th…

  • Skipping “Placed-Based” Work Leaves Cities Vulnerable to Climate Change

    I remember it clearly. “The Myth of Community Development,” Nicholas Lemann’s 1994 New York Times Magazine article, cracked the foundation of the community development industry. He argued that no one wanted to live in ghettos; they were merely transition zones…

  • Neighborhood Investment Doesn’t Have to Mean Displacement

    The word "gentrification" is a loaded one and has a host of negative implications for people in the housing field, as well as for the people who live in neighborhoods targeted for or undergoing gentrification. However, if decaying urban areas…

  • Employee Ownership: A Solution that Preserves Retiring Owners’ Businesses

    Reflecting growing enthusiasm for worker co-ops, the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy—held last month in Worcester, Massachusetts—attracted a record 300-plus participants. One item on the agenda: the possibility of creating new worker cooperatives through conversions in which employees buy a…

  • A Historic Partnership in Creative Placemaking

    NACEDA recently announced our selection as a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town award recipient. The award will provide resources over two years for NACEDA and Americans for the Arts to collaborate on a Creative Placemaking Immersion Program for…

  • Braiding Resources, Place, and Opportunity

    Creating economic opportunity for people who live in distressed communities is by necessity place-based, or if you prefer, place-conscious, work, because the obstacles to opportunity vary depending on where exactly people live. For HOPE, our place is the Delta, a…

  • Detroit Future City’s Plan for Revitalization Pushes Job Creation

    For supporters and enthusiasts of Detroit’s revitalization, the city is poised to be a “model for the future;” but in order to make a comeback, it will have to start with fixing neighborhoods and attracting more people. Though the city…

  • Community Development of Tomorrow

    Community development is when people join together to improve conditions and create change at the community level. It can operate in indigenous initiatives or formal agencies; with diverse racial, ethnic, religious, or other groups; and in urban and rural communities…

  • Seeking Solidarity Between Place-Based and Economic Justice Work

    Last week, Brentin Mock over at CityLab had an incisive response to Peter Dreier’s Shelterforce article, The Revitalization Trap. Mock didn’t dispute Dreier’s argument that the goals of the community development movement won’t be won solely with place-based work, and…

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