Urban Problems and Community Development
In recent years, concerned governments, businesses, and civic groups have launched ambitious programs of community development designed to halt, and even reverse, decades of urban decline. But while massive amounts of effort and money are being dedicated to improving the inner-cities, two important questions have gone unanswered: Can community development actually help solve long-standing urban problems? And, based on social science analyses, what kinds of initiatives can make a difference? This book surveys what we currently know and what we need to know about community development's past, current, and potential contributions. The authors--economists, sociologists, political scientists, and a historian--define community development broadly to include all capacity building (including social, intellectual, physical, financial, and political assets) aimed at improving the quality of life in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. The book addresses the history of urban development strategies, the politics of resource allocation, business and workforce development, housing, community development corporations, informal social organizations, schooling, and public security.
... as long as members of the neighborhood benefit individually or collectively . 3 Assets in community development , as in any other context , take five basic forms : physical capital in the form of buildings , tools , and so 2.
There is considerable evidence that inner cities and poor neighborhoods are not as economically isolated as some have believed , and maintaining a strong macroeconomy has widespread benefits . The impact of national and regional ...
Fortunately , today's community development field has the benefit of thirty years more experience than it had in 1968. It cannot reverse regional trends in the economy , but it has the potential to become increasingly important to the ...
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