Community Progress Blog

The Mary Poppins of legacy cities? Or, why I moved from New Orleans to Detroit

Written by on July 30, 2015

“Where are you going, miss?” “Home.” It has been six months since I moved from New Orleans to Detroit, and a question I’ve struggled with is, “Where is home?” Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, however, I found my answer. I drove to Windsor, Ontario, for a short day trip to see the Detroit…


What’s the matter with Atlantic City?

Written by on October 22, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog Over the past few months, there’s been a drumbeat of bad news coming out of Atlantic City. Since the beginning of 2014, four casinos have closed, including Revel, which the state of New Jersey granted $261 million in tax breaks to back in 2011 so they…


New release! Guide to redeveloping vacant commercial properties

Written by on May 6, 2014

There’s a new resource available for communities tackling a challenging subset of blighted properties: commercial vacant properties. Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities: A Guidebook for Linking Property Reuse and Economic Growth is available to download for free. Greater Ohio Policy Center developed the free guidebook – the first of its kind – in…


Can Youngstown Make It On Its Own?

Written by on March 26, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog Youngstown is a small city in the hills of northeast Ohio, once famous for steelmaking; and sadly, if famous for anything today, for economic distress and population loss. From a peak population of about 175, 000, it’s down today to maybe 65,000. In any event, last…


Is gentrification different in Legacy Cities?

Written by on March 10, 2014

Originally posted on Legacy Cities by American Assembly Most research on revitalizing neighborhoods views them as instances of “gentrification,” the movement of young, often single, professionals into low-income, heavily minority, neighborhoods near urban employment centers. The dominant view in the literature is that low-income and minority residents are pushed out by gentrification as the local culture…


How the garden grows: A Q&A with Mark Covington

Written by on February 4, 2014

In our recent report, Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, we share the story of Mark Covington, who, through his passion and hard work, was able to create the vibrant Georgia Street Community Collective on formerly vacant lots in Detroit. His story of how he was able to turn his passion for bettering his community…


It takes a village…to make a place: Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Written by on January 30, 2014

Our new report, Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, uses case studies to examine how placemaking can be used in Legacy Cities. Below, we share an excerpt from the report. Learn how one Buffalo resident’s morning run ended up sending him down the path of helping to form a vibrant neighborhood association: So, it was…


Interview with the authors: An inside look at “Placemaking in Legacy Cities”

Written by on January 28, 2014

We recently released Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, which explores how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets. In celebration of the report, prepared for the Center for Community Progress by New Solutions Group, LLC, I spoke with Francis Grunow and Sarah Szurpicki, two…


The March of the Millennial Generation to the Cities is Real

Written by on January 23, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog This past fall, the Washington Post ran a series called “The March of the Millennials” about how this generation is changing Washington D.C. For those of you who have been out of the loop for the last few years, ‘millennials’ or the ‘millennial generation’ is what people are…


Just released! Our new report shares stories of placemaking in Legacy Cities

Written by on January 16, 2014

Today marks the release of our latest publication: Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices! The impetus for the report began with a question: how does placemaking apply to Legacy Cities — those former industrial hubs that are rich in historic, institutional, and other assets, but are grappling with sharp population declines? Are there good…