ROGER S. AHLBRANDT, JR., is Associate Provost for Planning, Development and Research, University of Pittsburgh. Previously a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Urban and Community Studies, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, he was educated at Yale University (B.S.), Harvard Business School (M.B.A.), and the University of Washington (Ph.D., Economics). He has published numerous articles and books on urban issues, including Neighborhoods, People and Community: A New Public Policy for Neighborhood Preservation, with James Cunningham; and Neighborhood Revitalization: Theory and Practice, with Paul Brophy.
SIDNEY BROWER is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Community Planning, University of Maryland at Baltimore. Before joining the University, he was on the staff of the Baltimore City Department of Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cape Town ( South Africa) and a Master of City Planning from M.I.T. He has been involved in studies of user perceptions of the urban environment; funding sources have included the National Institute of Mental Health, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of the Interior. He has published in various journals, including the Journal of the American Institute of Planners, Architectural Forum, Landscape, and Environment and Behavior. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Environmental Design Research Association, and the International Association for the Study of People and Their Physical Surroundings.
DAVID M. CHAVIS is currently a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct assistant professor in the Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also director of research for the Citizens Committee for New York City, a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance and support to neighborhood self-help groups. Chavis has over ten years