Bob Brehm

7 Posts

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

Keeping the Jobs in House

Humboldt Construction Company, a subsidiary of a Chicago CDC, has been providing local employment for over 30 years. But it hasn’t been easy.

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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

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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 Support When fully blended, […]

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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 group of authors and practitioners met […]

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So You Want to Be a Developer: Community Organizing Groups Consider Housing Development

The second week of October 2001 was a busy one for Nobel Neighbors, a community organizing group in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood. It organized 30 residents to attend a […]

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Ten Things to Consider Before Getting into Real Estate Development

1. Check the fit: Values. Have a frank discussion about the values and practices that are most important to your group. Which of those are likely to be challenged by […]

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Going the Other Way: Adding Organizing to Development

Some groups move in the opposite direction from Nobel Neighbors, starting out with a development focus and adding in organizing for the same reasons Nobel is adding development – visibility, […]