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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Claiming Space

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

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.

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...

Safe Havens

I grew up in a low- to moderate-income community in a single-parent-headed household. For a time my mother was working three jobs to sustain...

Parking Lots to Craft Fairs

I am always surprised by how few Nashvillians actually grew up here like I did. A lot of people have moved here over the...

A Tree and a House

Abingdon, Maryland, 1988: Newly constructed townhomes nestled amidst remnant woodland created my ideal third space as a five year old: the setting for a...

New Territory

How two CDCs added school reform to their agendas.

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...

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.

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).

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.

Q: What’s the Point of Shared-Equity Homeownership in Weak Market Areas?

Shared-equity homeownership is best known as a tool to fight displacement in hot-market areas. But in fact, it has many advantages in weak-market areas too.

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...

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...