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Eminent and Notorious: Radical Urban Planner Chester Hartman (1936-2023)

An appreciation of the life and work of Chester Hartman, a radical planner in the service of a vision of social justice.

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Jerome Rappaport: Generous Philanthropist or Rapacious Developer?

During his life, he made large donations to hospitals, colleges, and museums. He also razed an entire neighborhood to the ground and fought fervently to degrade tenant rights.

Frances Goldin speaks at a rally
Community Control

Frances Goldin—Revolutionary, Organizer, Visionary, Friend—Joins the Ancestors at Age 95

Frances Goldin’s vision was of a multiracial, multiethnic community based on the principles of justice. Her instruction to us was to fight for it.

Jeremy Nowak
Community Development Field

In Memoriam: Jeremy Nowak

Jeremy Nowak, a founder of Reinvestment Fund and founding board member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), passed away on July 28. Nowak was, as anyone who knew him would […]

Community Development Field

In Memoriam: Pete Garcia

The community development world lost a leader on May 3. Pete Garcia, who was the director of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) from 1984 to 2008, passed away at the age of 71.

Community Development Field

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 […]

Community Development Field

Remembering Debby Visser

On December 4, we lost a good friend, thoughtful colleague, and champion for social justice in Debby Visser. Debby's career in community and economic development spanned decades, but she was […]

Organizing

In Memoriam: Jon Kest

Jon Kest, director of New York Communities for Change, a founder of the Working Families Party, and former head organizer for the New York chapter of ACORN, died of cancer […]

Community Reinvestment Act

Shel Trapp, Organizer, NPA Founder, Dies at 75

Shel Trapp has died at the age of 75 after a brief illness. Along with NPA (National People’s Action) co-founder Gale Cincotta, Shel was central to the passage of HMDA […]

Equity

One Less Truth-Teller

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrat of Ohio, died yesterday after suffering a burst brain aneurysm. Tubbs Jones, 58, was the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. She was […]

Housing Advocacy

In Memoriam: Cushing Dolbeare

Cushing N. Dolbeare, founder and chair emeritus of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, died March 17 of cancer at her home in Mitchellville, MD. Dolbeare began the National Low […]