NHI Activities

A roundup of the NHI conference Saving Affordable Housing: A Critical Examination of Successful Models, and other news notes.

A National Commitment To Community Development

Last January, The New York Times Magazine published “The Myth of Community Development,” by Nicholas Lemann. The article painted a gloomy picture of urban community development, citing failed programs and ever increasing neighborhood dissolution. At the end, Lemann acknowledged the positive impact of community development corporations and urged that their social activities – affordable housing, […]

Toward Comprehensive Approaches for Strengthening Communities

Last January, The New York Times Magazine published “The Myth of Community Development” by Nicholas Lemann. The article painted a gloomy picture of urban community development, citing failed programs and ever increasing neighborhood dissolution.  At the end, Lemann acknowledged the positive impact of community development corporations and urged that their social activities – affordable housing, health […]

Rebuilding The Ghetto Does Work

Last January, The New York Times Magazine published “The Myth of Community Development” by Nicholas Lemann. The article painted a gloomy picture of urban community development, citing failed programs and ever increasing neighborhood dissolution.  At the end, Lemann acknowledged the positive impact of community development corporations and urged that their social activities – affordable housing, health […]

A Mobility Strategy Offers Real Choices

Last January, The New York Times Magazine published “The Myth of Community Development” by Nicholas Lemann. The article painted a gloomy picture of urban community development, citing failed programs and ever increasing neighborhood dissolution.  At the end, Lemann acknowledged the positive impact of community development corporations and urged that their social activities – affordable housing, health […]

Community Based Arson Prevention

FEMA’s program of funding Community Based Organizations has helped reduce arson and provided a focus for communities seeking to organize.

A Winning Strategy

Nicholas Lemann, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and a frequent commentator on the state of urban affairs in America, caused a firestorm of controversy in our community. His New York Times Magazine article, “The Myth of Community Development,” painted a pessimistic picture of community revitalization. His argument is that we’ve been unsuccessful in fighting […]

Shelter Shorts

Community development news notes on housing programs, Americorps, corporate support for LISC, and federal legislation.

Middle-Class Anger Examined

Boiling Point: Democrats, Republicans and the Decline of Middle-Class Prosperity  by Kevin Phillips, 307 pp. New York: Random House. 1993. The 1992 federal elections and the state and city elections in 1993 proved that a middle class worried about the economy, crime, and social issues will dominate American politics for the next several years. Housing […]

The Housing Affordability Crisis: Progressive Responses

Shelter Burden: Local Politics and Progressive Housing Policy by Edward G. Goetz.  250 pp.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1993. $39.95 (cloth) Shelter Poverty: New Ideas on Housing Affordability by Michael E. Stone. 423 pp. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1993. $49.95 (cloth) $18.95 (paper) In Shelter Burden, Professor Ed Goetz of the University of Minnesota focuses […]