Subject: Communities

  • Philadelphia’s Greensgrow Farm began in 1998 on a former brownfield site in a low-income neighborhood.

    Greening Vacant Land

    Urban agriculture projects bring hope -- and food -- to communities that have long suffered from a glut of empty lots.  · 

  • Residents of Champlain Housing Trust, Burlington, Vt.

    Stewardship Works

    Community land trusts succeed in curing delinquencies and preventing foreclosures, and the numbers show it.  · 

  • The Great American Fire Sale

    Investors have played, and will continue to play, an important role in foreclosure-ravaged communities. What can towns do to ensure investors are responsible, and what role can CDCs play?  · 

  • Volunteers, taking part in an extensive NSP plan in Goshen, Ind., participate in a volunteer work day organized by La Casa of Goshen.

    Volunteerism in Community Development: Going Beyond a Helping Hand

    The 2008 presidential campaign showed us another side of volunteering. It drew literally millions of people, many for the first time, into the electoral process. But beyond political campaigns, can volunteerism provide increased capacity for communities and community organizations?  · 

  • Photo by Miriam Axel-Lute

    Disappearing Act

    Facing financial difficulties as new technology takes customers away, the United States Postal Service reviewed 3,300 branches to find those that could be deemed disposable. In low-income communities, just how disposable are the final 162?  · 

  • Operation Neighborhood Recovery

    Urban Essex County, New Jersey, one of the hardest hit areas in the state by the ongoing foreclosure crisis, could be the laboratory for a reinvention of community development. A local CDC there has completed the successful acquisition, by way of an alliance of nonprofits, of 47 mortgages expected to foreclose with an eye toward stabilizing neighborhoods in some of the oldest suburban communities in New Jersey.  · 

  • Matthew Brian Hersh/Shelterforce 2009

    Great Falls And The Silk City

    New Jersey's Paterson is the nation's oldest planned industrial city -- depend on who you ask. But it has fallen on hard times since the once-booming silk industry there declined in the latter half of the 20th century. Much of the industry in this city of 150,000 has since left, but with the help of a local CDC there, as well as corporate and community partners, a geological attraction once envisioned by Alexander Hamilton as something that could be harnessed for industrial might, is fully protected, and being prepared for a makeover.  · 

  • Save Middle East Action Committee (SMEAC) held a celebration after a successful community meeting.

    Taming Eminent Domain

    We can harness backlash against eminent domain abuses in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's Kelo decision to bring about genuine community empowerment in the redevelopment process.  · 

  • The historic Sheffield Farms stable building (foreground) on Broadway, will be razed for Columbia's expansion.

    Will Columbia Take Manhattanville?

    Balancing an Ivy League university's expansion plan with a Harlem neighborhood's needs is a tricky business, especially when eminent domain is in the mix.  · 

  • Staking On Community

    As analysts probe the causes of the subprime foreclosure debacle, a couple of things seem clear about the…  · 

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