Urban Problems and Community Development
Ronald F. Ferguson, William T. Dickens
Brookings Institution Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Social Science - 628 pages
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.
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Reconceiving the Community Development Field
Swimming against the Tide A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor Communities
Power Money and Politics in Community Development
Community Development Corporations Mission Strategy and Accomplishments
What Community Supplies
Security and Community Development
Schools and Disadvantaged NeighborhoodsThe Community Development Challenge
Rebuilding Urban Labor Markets What Community Development Can Accomplish
The Economics of Housing Services in LowIncome Neighborhoods
InnerCity Business Development and Entrepreneur ship New Frontiers for Policy and Research
Evaluating Community Development Programs Problems and Prospects
Conclusion Social Science Research Urban Problems and Community Development Alliances
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