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Jan/Feb 1998

Issue #97

This issue looks at two trends in poverty alleviation that address major shifts in the nation's economy and political life. First, a focus on regional development, and the second of two articles on Comprehensive Community Initiatives (CCIs) around the country, which are working to harness the often overlooked skills, energy, and ambitions of those living in low-income communities.


Shelter Shorts

Mega-Merger Mania The increasingly rapid rate at which financial institutions are merging has prompted a challenge from a national coalition of community organizations, which is working to ensure that major […]


Connecting Community Building to Metropolitan Solutions

This issue is dedicated to one of the most important challenges facing community institutions today: how to connect their work to the metropolitan marketplace and the emergence of new political […]

Community Development Field

Expanding the Scope of Community Development

More than four decades of suburban growth have moved demographic, political, and economic power from central cities toward their suburban counties. The change can be seen in the spatial segmentation […]


Connecting People to Jobs:

Capitalizing on Regional Economic Development Opportunities In the fall of 1996, New Community Corporation (NCC) in Newark and the nearby Hillside Auto Mall launched an effort to train city youth […]


Growing Together:

After civil unrest shook the streets of Los Angeles in 1992, local low-income communities of color enjoyed what Andy Warhol once described as fifteen minutes of fame. The temporary spotlight […]


Regional Coalition-Building and the Inner Suburbs

In response to growing social and economic polarization, between 1993 and 1997 Minnesota’s Twin Cities jump-started a long-dormant regional debate. In three years, the area reorganized its regional planning council, […]


St. Louis Congregations Challenge Urban Sprawl

This is God’s world. We are God’s people. The voices of several hundred church members – black and white, Protestant and Catholic – somewhat tentatively followed the lead of the […]

Community Development Field

Redefining Community Development

Part II: Collaborating for Change (Click here for Part 1: New Partnerships) Willie Mae Gaskin can’t walk through the halls of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition (WCDC) on the Eastside of […]

Community Development Field

Preparing for Change

CBOs, particularly those involved in comprehensive community building efforts, need to do a better job of involving residents and other constituents in planning and decision-making. This is a difficult transformation […]


Increasing Meeting Turnout

When you have low turnout for governance structure meetings, ask the following questions: Where’s the beef? If these meetings mostly consist of reports from staff or just reports generally, then […]

Community Development Field

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Words Not Whacks

You’ve had it! You’ve tried your best to remain calm and reasonable in a conflict, but your last nerve has been plucked. What now? WAIT. Press the pause button. Anger […]


The Rebuilding Communities Initiative

Launched in 1993, the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s (AECF) Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI) aims to provide the support services needed to help transform economically distressed neighborhoods into safe, supportive, and […]


Profile of a Community Builder: Kathy Brown

Profile of a Community Builder: Kathy Brown A self-described “board junkie,” Kathy Brown works with no less than 11 organizations in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, including the Germantown Community […]


Power and Race in CCIs

In one-on-one interviews and group discussions, participants in community-building initiatives – including initiative managers, local project directors, researchers, technical assistance providers, other community resource professionals, resident volunteers, and funders – […]


Shelter Shorts

Rent Decontrol  =  Rising Rents & Falling Diversity Three years after the repeal of rent regulations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a survey of 1,000 tenants in formerly rent-controlled units shows skyrocketing […]

Organizing Strategy

Living Wage Lives in L.A.

It was 1996, and an economic Godzilla loomed over Los Angeles, coming to crush the city’s precarious prosperity. That, at least, was the way some business and political leaders felt […]


Hiring a Consultant

There are times in the life of almost every group when a fundraising consultant can be helpful. These times are characterized by one or more of the following situations: You […]


A Brief Triumph for Progressive Housing Policy

Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era by Gail Radford. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. 273 pp. Until the Depression, most American opinion leaders believed […]


The Outlook for Rural Housing in 1998

In 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) rural housing programs financed 62,700 subsidized single-family housing units and 33,600 subsidized apartments. By 1996, these numbers had dropped to 15,900 single-family […]


1998 Legislative Agenda

FY1999 HUD Budget “Cities have been at a competitive disadvantage with outlying counties,” said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo in a February 2 New York Times article. The President’s FY 1999 […]