Tag Archives: Community Building

Revitalizing Neighborhoods: The Federal Role

Distressed neighborhoods in US cities are a product of centuries of systemic inequalities and there is increasing evidence that living in distressed neighborhoods is harmful for children and families. The recent federal place-based initiatives of the Obama Administration aim to revitalize these neighborhoods. This paper makes recommendations for future federal work in this area. Read report... Read more

Demographic Strategies for Real Estate

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Rising numbers of female executives, affluent immigrants, younger and older workers, and retirees will have a profound influence on community building in the U.S. over the next ten years, according to this new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report. The report identifies several key trends related to demographics and household formation that will affect real estate investment and development through 2025. According to the report, these key demographic drivers present lucrative opportunities for real estate professionals. Read report... Read more

Rural Impact County Challenge: A National Effort to Combat Rural Child Poverty

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Recognizing the critical role local officials play in supporting innovation and change, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the White House Rural Council have come together on a national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty. The Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC) seeks to recognize and support counties making real difference in the lives of children in rural communities. Learn more... Read more

Exposure To Nature May Reduce Crime, Strengthen Communities

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​ Communities where people see and spend more time in nature have higher levels of cohesion and lower crime rates, according to a study recently published in the journal BioScience. Controlling for other factors such as socioeconomic deprivation, population density and unemployment, exposure to nature accounted for a full 8 percent of variance in community cohesion. Read more... Read more

CNU Charter Awards

The redevelopment of Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, Texas, won a Charter Award last year
​ The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Charter Awards recognize exemplary work by CNU members and their allies who design and build places people love. The winners not only embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, they make a difference in people’s lives. Awards are given for urban design, placemaking, and community building. Applications due January 31, 2016. Learn more and apply... Read more

Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience

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​Truly robust community resilience should engage and benefit all community members, and consider all the challenges the community faces—from rising sea levels to a lack of living wage jobs. And it should be grounded in resilience science, which tells us how complex systems—like human communities—can adapt and persist through changing circumstances. Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience describes how communities can approach the full scope of the 21st century’s challenges equitably and sustainably. Learn more... Read more

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant

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The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will provide funding to support (1) Community Food Projects (2) Planning Projects and (3) Training and Technical Assistance Projects. The goals are to: meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution; increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs; promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm and nutrition issues; and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. Applications due November 30. Learn more... Read more