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Loneliness Kills; Community Developers Can Help

Some social determinants of health are concrete and physical. A substandard house with mold and pests, for example, will lead to more asthma and respiratory problems. Less walkable areas and […]

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Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, March 23

Omnibus Bill is Good for HUD | Barbershops are Good for Black Health | Kushner Tries to Make Rent-Reg Units Disappear | The U.S. is Quicksand for Black Boys | Not a Gap, a Chasm | More…

Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts: The Week in Community Development, Jan. 12

Activists at the Golden Globes | Carson’s HUD Takes Some Heat | We Make an Exception on Workforce Housing | Companies Must “Do Better” in Nashville | California Makes Policy Using Opportunity Maps

Public art in Pittsfield, Massachusetts: A utility box on a sidewalk is covered with interlocking hands in all the colors of the rainbow.
Arts & Culture

Could Public Art on Utility Boxes Displace Communication?

What’s not to like about colorful art on utility boxes? Well, in some places that drab infrastructure might be performing informal community functions…

Communities

Places of the Heart

Everyone has a story about third places—those gathering places that are not home or work—in the communities they have lived and worked. I wrote about some of mine in my […]

Communities

More than Hair: Barbershops

Last year when I was walking my neighborhood, flyering for the Tale of Two Cities march and feeling out of place as writer trying to be an organizer (in other […]

Equity

Do Denser, Poorer Areas Need More Third Places?

“In Kibera, the streets are truly the public spaces, and people are out all day, every day: selling, socializing, trading. People make their living—they live their lives—right out in the […]

Communities

“Where Are They?” Do We Think of Third Places When We Make Decisions?

“No community should be without these kinds of spaces. Therefore, when we think about planning or revitalization efforts or development, we [should be] saying, ‘Where are they?’, because it’s that […]

Communities

Hearts of the Neighborhood: “Third Places”

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 to the building. The small red […]

Arts & Culture

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.

Equity

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.

Neighborhood Change

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.

Organizing

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.