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EZ’er Said Than Done

The Empowerment Zone Initiative is becoming a model program for community revitalization. Will these programs lead to real community empowerment or will they become just a collection of tax incentives for businesses? The initiative's experience to date offers clues and warnings.

Remembering a Housing Hero

Houser: The Life and Work of Catherine Bauer by H. Peter Oberlander and Eva Newbrun. University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 1999. 320 pp....

Urban Decline and the Global Economy

Mollie's Job : A Story of Life and Work on the Global Assembly Line, by William M. Adler, Scribner, May 2000. 352pp. $27.50. To understand...

Neighborhood Principles For Smart Growth

Across the country, Americans have become frustrated with the way their communities are growing. People are troubled by increasing gridlock, vanishing farmland and open...

Community Development Legislative News

New Bill to Establish National Affordable Housing Trust Fund  Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) introduced S. 2997, the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act...

Finding Ways to Cover Administrative Costs

This fall, at a philanthropy conference at the White House, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said emphatically that if the philanthropic sector was serious...

Money Doesn’t Always Win

"You know, LeRoy, money always wins." At those words, LeRoy Lemos sprang into action. Lemos, a community activist and director of the PODER Project in...

Shelter Shorts

You can lead housing to the candidates, but...On June 24th, attempting to draw Vice-President Al Gore's attention to housing issues, the Industrial Areas Foundation...

Homeowners, and Tenants Too

Coachella Valley's 200 mobile home parks provide the only available housing for many agricultural workers in Riverside County, California. But living in the parks,...

George Knight

After nearly 25 years with Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NRC), and ten years as its executive director, George Knight is leaving NRC this September. Knight...

Rekindling Hope in the American Dream

The East Baltimore neighborhood where Bette Ramsey lived with her adult daughter and 10-year-old grandson was a war zone, complete with drug dealers, gunfire,...

Learning the Ropes

At first, John Taylor, education coordinator for Chicago Commons Employment Training Center, had doubts about the idea of partnering with a local bank for...

Empowerment – From Rhetoric to Reality?

At its outset, the community development field was about resident empowerment. From the War on Poverty to the forging of the community development corporation...