ProMedica and LISC team up to fund place-based investments in the hope of improving health outcomes for residents.
A Daly City-bound BART train west of Dublin/Pleasanton station.

Is Local Control Good or Bad?

And how do we get more of the good and less of the bad?

Meeting Individual Social Needs Falls Short of Addressing Social Determinants of...

While individual-level interventions are beneficial, characterizing them as efforts to address social determinants of health conveys a false sense of progress.

The (In)Efficiencies of Scale

ArtsBlog (the blog of Americans for the Arts) recently hosted a forum called:  “So, Does Size Matter?”  The short answer is hell yes it...

Q: Do economic development incentives support small businesses?

A. Not very much. Despite the claims of many states, when you look at the numbers, the vast majority of taxpayer dollars directed to economic development go to big corporations.

Fair Housing Policy Approaches Exacerbate Inequality

A review of The One-Way Street of Integration: Fair Housing and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in American Cities, by Edward G. Goetz.
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Arts, Culture, and Community Mental Health

Examples of projects around the country that are infusing community development with creativity and collaboration and stimulating the potential for unique mental health benefits.
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The Collaboration Behind California’s Successful Statewide Ballot Campaign for Housing

As housing becomes ever more urgent an issue, California's model for running a statewide ballot campaign offers insights to organizations around the nation.
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A Hole in our Vision: Race, Gender, and Justice in Community Development

In years past, the community development field imagined how to change the world. So, what would it take to change anew? Nancy O. Andrews argues that it takes asking ourselves the right questions.
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Time to Delink Homeownership from Asset Building

Using homeownership as an asset-building mechanism and retirement plan might not be a great thing for our society.

Racial Diversity in Community Development Leadership: A Roundtable Discussion on the Field’s Past, and...

Several national organizations in the community development field have experienced transitions from white leadership to people of color.
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Can We Ditch Tax Incentives and Support True Economic Development?

Because recent advocacy has succeeded in achieving a change in government accounting standards that led many cities and states to disclose the total costs of the tax abatements they provided last year for the very first time, we now are gaining a better sense of just how much these abatements take away from education and other public services.
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Organizing for Water Security in Detroit

A coalition's comprehensive study on the Detroit region’s water ills also acts as a road map to organizers' work around water justice.
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The Connection Between Water, Justice, and Health

Our talk with Radhika Fox, the CEO of the US Water Alliance, about water justice and ways to build stronger communities.
Women hold up signs that read "No RAD at Elliot Twins" and others.

Fearing Privatization: Public Housing Activists Push Back Against RAD Plans

As their city rapidly gentrifies, a group of public housing residents are anxious about potential RAD and Section 18 conversions and battling the public housing authority to resist them.
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Fixing a Regressive Tax Structure that Perpetuates Inequity

In Washington state, the dilemma for advocates is how to ask city and county elected officials to significantly increase public resources for housing when their only current choices are regressive tax tools.

Shelter Shorts

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The Week in Community Development—April 19

Making cities good places for children, A Black arts and culture district in Baltimore, A test for universal basic income, Nonprofit developers get a win, The politics of housing in California, more.