Bob Brehm

Bob Brehm served as director of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation from 1978 through 1995. Since then, he has taught practitioners in communinity and organizational development and consulted for community groups.

Keeping the Jobs in House

Humboldt Construction Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of a Chicago CDC, has been providing local employment and high-quality work for over 30 years.

What Makes Humboldt Construction Company Valuable to Bickerdike?

It enables Bickerdike to exercise control over construction work on its own development projects. It collaborates internally with property management to support better security and...

Salvaging Success from Failure

While the case of Chicago's El Mercado marketplace project illustrates the kinds of false assuptions that get community development organizations into trouble, it can point the way toward sound decision-making

A Recipe for Failure

In a large mixing bowl, stir in these ingredients:1 cup Good Idea 3 cups Vision 2 tbl Great Site 16 oz Capital 2 pints Community SupportWhen fully...

The Mistakes Project

This article is one of a series of papers written as part of the “Mistakes, Learning, and Adaptation” Project. In November of 2007, a...