All Print Issues

Fall 2012

Issue #171

Hearts of the Neighborhood: "3rd Places" in Our Communities

Third places are those gathering places that are neither home nor work. They have tremendous importance for the vitality of our communities. This issue looks at many aspects of how they are created and sustained.

Neighborhood Change

A Tree and a House

Using vacancies to create neighborhood-based third spaces could change our urban landscape for the better.

Housing

Safe Havens

Housing first, yes, but then services, recreation, education: These are all pillars to building strong communities, and most importantly, strong people.

Housing

HUD Regs Change May Hurt Local Housing Groups

New revisions to HOME regulations would require CHDOs to have someone with housing development experience on staff.

Diversity Is Good for Everyone

How Non-Minority Students Also Benefit from Racially Diverse Schools, by Genevieve Siegel-Hawley.National Coalition of School Diversity Research Brief #8, October 2012.

Neighborhood Change

Parking Lots to Craft Fairs

Nashville holds—and supports—a diverse, creative community that adds as much value to our city as the musicians and songwriters for which we are better known.

Organizing Strategy

Beating Bank-Owned Blight

When Oakland residents raised hell about trashed foreclosed houses harming their neighborhoods, the city got on board and changed the way it handles code violations on bank-owned properties.

Communities

Our World Revolved Around Our Block

From when I was 10 to when I was 16, my mother and I lived in a diverse working-class neighborhood of single-family attached brownstone row houses in Waterbury, Connecticut (the […]

Housing

Update: Atlanta Beltline

In our Winter 2010 issue, we published a series of articles about the Atlanta Beltline, a rail loop surrounded by multiuse trails that is the country’s largest public transit infrastructure […]

After the Election

America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy, by Gar Alperovitz. 2nd edition, Democracy Collaborative, 2011, 372 pp. $11.53 (paper).

Neighborhood Change

Where Community Is at Work Making Itself

Creating and proctecting third places in low-income communities. A conversation with May Louie, Neeraj Mehta, Ken Reardon, and Chuck Wolfe.

Neighborhood Change

The Case of NYCHA’s Disappearing Open Space

What looks to a public housing authority like “unused development rights” often looks to public housing residents like important gathering places.

Neighborhood Change

New Territory

How two CDCs added school reform to their agendas.

Arts & Culture

Ballin’ at the Graveyard

The documentary Ballin’ at the Graveyard looks at the hardball culture and strong supportive ties between players that have brought two generations of men out to the same Albany, N.Y., […]

Stories of Community

Several years ago, the family-owned florist two buildings down from my house closed. There was great consternation in the neighborhood about what would happen to the building, which turned out […]

Health

Not Just for School Kids

All across our communities are wonderful parks, fields, and playgrounds … behind locked fences, or marked with big warning signs that they are only for use by supervised school children […]

Arts & Culture

Claiming Space

Community-driven art projects are helping to define and reshape neighborhood spaces in Philadelphia.

Community Land Trusts

Hanging on to the Land

Community gardens and urban agriculture are crucial gathering places—and revitalizing forces—in neighborhoods with lots of vacancy and low values. But what happens to them when the market turns around?

Organizing

Flowers Follow

Sometimes all a vacant lot needs to become a community hub is for someone to know who owns it and who can turn over the keys.

Neighborhood Change

Saving The Village Pub

When a small U.K. village’s pub closed, a group that had formed to create affordable housing found itself launching a campaign to form a community-owned business and save a community gathering space as well.

Equity

Get Out of the Way

To create a great third place, one of the most important principles is to let users make it their own.

Arts & Culture

An Island Where There Is a Standard

Like so many of its counterparts across the country, Brick’s is more than just a barbershop in Albany, N.Y. It’s a haven in a troubled neighborhood.