Community Development

Anacostia River

Can D.C. Build its Bridge Park Without Displacement?

The park's non-profit developer has engaged in a years-long community outreach process and invested over $60 million in community initiatives.

February 18, 2021 - NextCity


What Is Gentrification?

Gentrification is a process of neighborhood change, usually resulting from an influx of relatively wealthy, white residents to a neighborhood. But that definition, and the controversies that follow, vary greatly by location, and there is no universally accepted definition of the term.

January 14, 2021 - James Brasuell

Brooklyn Redevelopment

Opinion: How to Protect Cities From a Private Development 'Feeding Frenzy'

A New York city councilmember, trained in urban planning, presents ideas for protecting tenants and small businesses in the ongoing economic downturn.

September 3, 2020 - The New York Times

Urban Sky

How to Adopt Long-Term Anti-Racism Solutions as an Urbanist

Nic Esposito calls for an "anti-racist reframe" of urbanism to address the attitudes and policies that have perpetuated racist systems and upheld capitalism at all costs.

August 26, 2020 - WHYY


Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland Corridor Would Be Major Addition to National Trail Network

The 220-mile route would connect the two cities and could potentially boost the economies of communities along the stretch.

April 7, 2020 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Detroit Vacant Properties

A Better Way to Tackle Social and Economic Inequality

Building community wealth from the bottom up is a more effective way to turn struggling communities around.

December 16, 2019 - CityLab

Detroit Bioretention Garden

The Key to Effective Neighborhood Development: Scale

Lots of great ideas, but few resources to back them up—the story in Detroit is probably familiar in cities all over the country.

September 23, 2018 - The Detroit Free Press

Housing Construction

Affordable Housing Finance: Show Me the Money

Ben Brown continues his weekly blog series in lead-up to the day-long exploration at CNU Savannah, "Affordability: The Intersection of Everything."

May 3, 2018 - PlaceShakers

Detroit Streetcar

Detroit's Rebirth: Beyond the Headlines

John Gallagher takes a look at some of the civic factors and organizations that have worked behind the scenes to pull Detroit through.

November 26, 2017 - Detroit Free Press

Community Meeting

Successfully Engaging With Underrepresented Communities for Comprehensive Plans

Community engagement is a powerful tool to guide investments toward the places we inhabit.

August 20, 2017 - PlanIt - Metropolitan Council

Art in the Face of Gentrification

Art and culture tend to be integral to helping disenfranchised communities self-identify, develop their identities, and organize around place-based issues. But its presence can also be used be used by real estate interests to market neighborhoods.

July 27, 2017 - Shelterforce/Rooflines

Detroit Vacant Properties

Using Big Data to Identify Problem Properties

In New York state, municipalities can apply to use a new tool that gathers property data and sifts for red flags. The intent is to identify potential blight before it sets in.

April 29, 2017 - NextCity

Achieving Community: Let's Get Real

The benefits of authentic community are extensive. Maybe even transcendent. But how do we get to that point? Scott Doyon's latest blog has a few thoughts.

December 8, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Boyle Heights

East Los Angeles Community Groups Prove that Community Planning Matters

The landscape of community development in Los Angeles today differs vastly from even a few years ago. Two groups in East L.A. are developing solutions to accelerating gentrification and displacement and a compounding affordable housing crisis.

August 24, 2016 - The Planning Report

Horse Toy

Horsey! Grassroots Public Art Connects People, Past, and Present

Never underestimate the power of whimsy in the built environment. A genuine and unconditional spirit of welcome and inclusion can be found in the most unexpected forms of participatory art.

August 18, 2016 - PlaceShakers

Building Permanent Paths out of Poverty

One Tanzanian nonprofit is putting the focus on skill-building to fight poverty. David Lambert, an engineer with Arup, discusses the nonprofit's latest endeavor, a new vocational school near the town of Same.

August 17, 2016 - Doggerel

To Bring Water to the Village, Teach Villagers About Water

In Nicaragua, villagers' access to freshwater resources is sometimes impeded by a gap in coordination between the self-governing indigenous communities present there. WaterAid worked with locals in one village to change just that.

August 1, 2016 - Doggerel

Lessons learned in an earthquake's aftermath

The response to Ecuador's 7.8-magnitude earthquake went beyond just physically rebuilding the hardest hit cities

June 13, 2016 - Doggerel

Los Angeles River Restoration Going From Grassroots to Glam

As excitement around the L.A. River revitalization heats up, neighbors of the once-neglected channel wonder who will benefit from the billion-dollar redevelopment.

April 3, 2016 - The Nation

California's Ambitious Transportation Projects Designed to Include Communities

Unprecedented transit build-out in California could transform the state. Now leaders are working to ensure the infrastructure connecting major cities also benefits the communities it touches along the way.

March 4, 2016 - The Planning Report

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