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Summer 2006

Issue #146

Community Control: From Participatory Budgeting to Neighborhood Planning

While participatory budgeting is not uncommon in many parts of the world, the movement is only beginning in North America. This issue looks at efforts in Lawrence, Massachusetts; Chicago, and New York's Chinatown; and at how some CDCs are discovering both the challenges of neighborhood planning and the rewards. In all cases, community organizing and collaboration were vital to the creation of successful plans.


Jane Jacobs’ Radical Legacy

Sometimes a book can change history. Books often influence ideas, but only rarely do they catalyze activism.


Say NO to Wal-Bank

Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, has become the retail corporate poster child for unscrupulous behavior. And now they would like to be a poster child for the banking […]


The Second Storm

“The New Homeless: The Affordable Housing Crisis on the Gulf Coast” A short video on the evictions crisis Nine months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, low-income families face […]


Managing the Message

Telling Stories that Support Affordable Housing


Building Trust

The challenge of 9/11 brought Chinatown’s organizations, long riven by deep-seated differences, together to plan for recovery.


Following the Money Trail

Chicago’s community organizations are learning to actively engage in the local budgeting process to fund neighborhood improvements.


Let The People Decide

Transformative Community Development Through Participatory Budgeting in Canada


Budgeting for Democracy

How one community is campaigning for greater resident control of public resources.

Shelter Shorts

GSE Not Doing Enough?

A Texas nonprofit says Fannie Mae doesn’t serve enough people who are low-income and of color in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. After four years of research, the Texas Low Income […]

Shelter Shorts

Former Prisoners Get A Break

Boston took a big step this spring to help reintegrate ex-felons into their communities, by easing background checks on potential city employees. The city will not look at people’s criminal […]

Shelter Shorts

OTS Strikes Again

Last year the federal Office of Thrift Supervision weakened the responsibilities of many mid-sized banks under the Community Reinvestment Act by redefining them as small banks. Now OTS has redefined […]


Saving Mark-to-Market

Housing advocates are calling on HUD to support renewing the Mark-to-Market program, one of the more successful efforts to address the expiration of Section 8 project-based contracts. The program enables […]

Shelter Shorts

All Out for Affordability

Irvine, a city of 180,000 in conservative Orange County, California, plans to make 10 percent of its housing stock permanently affordable. The city set a goal of putting nearly 10,000 […]

A Community Whodunit

The Long Stair: An Albany Mystery, by Kirby White. Fox Creek Press, 2005, 220 pp. $15 (paperback). The Long Stair is available for $15 (plus tax) from the Capital District […]

Organizing Strategy

Thirsty for Justice

Some 200 miles from the Mexican border, residents of New Mexico’s 23-year-old Pajarito Mesa community pay taxes but lack essential services like roads, electricity and emergency services. Perhaps the most […]

Hallmarks of Success

In Lawrence, MA, a group of residents had what should have been a simple request: that the city improve its trash collection in their neighborhoods. That need led to a […]


Planning Beyond the Project

Neighborhood planning allows CDCs to move beyond housing development and become community catalysts.

Shelter Shorts

A Little Too Blunt?

Alphonso Jackson, HUD’s tough-talking chief, might have spoken a little too bluntly in Dallas in April. Speaking before a gathering of business leaders, Jackson said that he had denied a […]