Community Progress Blog

Building Stronger Neighborhoods

Written by on April 21, 2011

One of the most challenging and important problems for older cities, particularly those that have lost much of their population, is how to not only stabilize still-vital neighborhoods, but make them communities of choice – places where people who live there already want to stay, and where people from elsewhere want to move into.

How best to make that happen will be the subject of a roundtable organized by the Community Progress – in partnership with the Greater Ohio Policy Center and Enterprise Community Partners – today at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore.

Twenty to twenty-five practitioners and experts from around the country will spend a day exploring  the best strategies  for building stronger, more resilient neighborhoods in older cities, identifying the conditions for success – and the pitfalls and obstacles – and how best to match the right mix of strategies to a given neighborhood’s particular conditions. Among the areas to be explored will be how to develop comprehensive strategies, how to compete in the regional housing market, how to use code enforcement and other regulations pro-actively and strategically, and how to reuse scattered vacant buildings and lots in ways that make neighborhoods stronger and healthier.

The ideas and information that are expected to come out of this roundtable will help animate an emerging project of Community Progress and its partners – to develop an interactive, constantly growing toolkit for state and local public, private and non-profit sector practitioners working in America’s struggling older towns and cities. More details on this project will be coming soon.

Alan Mallach is a Senior Fellow at Community Progress and nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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