Community Progress Blog

COVID-19 Recovery: Alan Mallach, Smart Growth America, and More Share on the Future of Cities

Written by on September 22, 2020

COVID-19 is proving to be more than a crisis for America’s cities, towns, and counties. The unexpected synergy of a pandemic, elections, climate change and social unrest is causing many municipalities to reimagine the future. As long-established systems, practices, and populations change, every neighborhood must answer the big question: “What does the future look like…


From problems to possibility: Collaborative teams reshape brownfields planning in West Virginia

Written by on February 27, 2014

Kathy Wittner didn’t realize exactly what she was getting into when she agreed to be part of a small-town revitalization team organized by the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative, a subsidiary of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center (BAC). “I came in cold,” says Wittner, a professor of landscape architecture at West Virginia University. “We didn’t know who…


The BUILD Act of 2013: How EPA brownfield funds can create more sustainable communities by Kate O’Brien, Groundwork USA

Written by on May 1, 2013

In March, Groundwork USA came out with a report that extracted lessons from a decade of their local Trusts’ experiences, hoping that it could help others build on their successful model and advance policies to support equitable land regeneration in the nation’s distressed communities. Here, Kate O’Brien, Groundwork USA’s Director of Outreach and Network Development,…


Unburying history to spark revitalization: Groundwork Hudson Valley daylights Saw Mill River by Payton Heins, Program Officer – Communications and Research

Written by on November 9, 2012
Saw Mill River

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to New York City and Yonkers, New York for the Groundwork USA Conference. The meeting kicked off with a whirlwind introduction to the work being performed all across the country by the organization – a national network of Groundwork Trusts helping drive community-based revitalization of…