Gardening? It’s Gone to the Goats

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles is cutting its brush- and weed-clearing budget in half—by employing 100 goats.

Location, Location, Location

In an effort to promote inner-ring Philadelphia suburbs and unsung city neighborhoods, a regional planning commission has launched a high-profile informational campaign. The initiative, “Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia,” created this year by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, is, according to the commission’s announcement, “designed to foster the growth of the region’s older communities” […]

Chicago Public Housing Museum in the Works

The Chicago Public Housing Museum will trace 70 years of public housing through the stories and artifacts of six decades of residents of the red brick Addams buildings along Chicago’s West Taylor Street.

Building Hope and Homes

Taller San Jose, a Santa Ana, California-based job-training program, broke ground in September on an affordable-housing project for first-time homebuyers. The planned development — three houses in Santa Ana’s historic Logan barrio — is the first project of Taller’s newest operation, Hope Builders Inc., and results from a collaboration of Taller San Jose, the City […]

Capitalizing on Hope in the Capital

It’s as though we’ve suddenly discovered a new form of Prozac called Obama. Miraculously, millions of depressed progressives have the audacity to hope again. Alas, hundreds of them are also churning out books, hoping to seize the moment and tell the new president what he should say and do. Two of these political how-to books […]

Thirty-Five Years of Building Citizen Power

The 2008 presidential contest vaulted community organizing into the national limelight, as the McCain campaign sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s background in the field. Spurred by their newfound visibility, organizers anticipate an upturn in activity as thousands of Obama activists seek ways to continue their social change activity. It’s not […]

Taking the Bull by the Horns

As they rebuild from the financial meltdown of 2008, policymakers can finally craft measures to guarantee healthy communities and secure homes for all Americans.

Brave New World for Nonprofits

The current “bathtub recession” poses a drowning hazard for community development and housing groups, as philanthropic giving shrinks and foundations look beyond nonprofits for solutions to social problems.

Homes That Last

Counter-cyclical stewardship is the only way to ensure that lower-income families are neither nudged out by rising costs nor forced out by foreclosure.

Do or Die for Nonprofits

In a time of great economic peril for the communities they serve, nonprofit grassroots organizations must push the federal government to raise foundations’ payout requirements.

The Housing Change We Need

The foreclosure crisis has pushed the envelope so far, it’s left an opening where we can start building a real national housing policy.

Riding the Storm Out

The $3.92 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program can spur recycling of the stock of abandoned and foreclosed homes produced by the mortgage crisis.

Rethinking the Rescue

This time of economic uncertainty presents an opportunity for the community development movement to reinvent itself.