Sparking Change: Catalyzing the Social Impacts of Parks in Underserved Neighborhoods

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Sparking Change explores the social impacts of communities in underserved neighborhoods becoming involved in animating and improving their local park, and identifies common strategies taken by both community members and partner organizations to support this work. The report tells the story of communities that have taken action through spearheading improvements, engaging diverse community members, and organizing events and activities that draw people into the park—a process we refer to as park engagement. Learn more... Read more

Community Engagement and Building Public Trust

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ICMA developed this free e-book to arm you with the tools needed to help you build and maintain public trust, plan for bumps in the road, and develop relationships with your residents to mitigate alienation, anger, and a lack of trust. Learn more... Read more

Community Heart & Soul: Field Guide

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This Field Guide distills twenty years of experience working with small cities and towns into a step-by-step process and a kit of resources to equip leaders, staff, and volunteers with everything they need to design and deliver the Heart & Soul method in their community. This Field Guide is an overview of the Orton Family Foundation’s four-phase method that breaks the process down into management steps and tasks to help you get the job done. It is a roadmap to... Read more

Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities

This sidewalk in Altamont, NY (pop. 1609) features a brick treatment, pedestrian scale lighting, street banners and colorful plantings. (Credit: Alta Planning + Design / CC-BY-SA)
This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was developed to help transportation planners, practitioners, and other decision makers develop effective, locally-appropriate, and replicable strategies for public involvement in transportation planning and programming in small and rural communities. The report provides case studies and resource information to better engage environmental justice communities, as well as strategies that will mitigate or avoid prospective environmental justice issues. Read report... Read more

Let’s Talk About Community Heart & Soul

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Via ICMA Blog What are the strengths of your community? What gives it distinctive character? What is the heart and soul? Having seen his town of Weston, Vermont, nearly torn apart over the approval and bust of a new amusement park, Lyman Orton of the Orton Family Foundation set out to find a better way to involve residents in community planning processes to help answer the questions above. His experience led him to develop Community Heart & Soul: Guided by What Matters... Read more

Revamped City Planning Aims at Neighborhood Revivals

Maurice Cox is the director of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (Eric Seals / Detroit Free Press)
Under Detroit’s new Director of Planning, Maurice Cox, the city’s planning efforts now focus not on the already revitalizing downtown but in places where city planners for decades have paid little if any attention — Detroit’s hard-hit neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

Climate Resilience Means Meaningfully Engaging Vulnerable Communities in Urban Planning Processes

Harlem is considered one of the ten most heat vulnerable neighborhoods in NYC (Urban Gazelle/ Flickr)
Impacts of extreme heat are uneven across geographies and communities. People who live in micro-urban heat islands and who lack the capacity to cope with extreme heat are disproportionately vulnerable to heat-related health risks. Collaborative climate action planning processes should directly engage vulnerable communities in identifying neighborhoods with concentrated and multiple risk factors, as well as in co-producing strategies for reducing vulnerability. Read more... Read more
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