Reviving America's Forgotten Neighborhoods: An Investigation of Inner City Revitalization Efforts

Reviving America's Forgotten Neighborhoods: An Investigation of Inner City Revitalization Efforts

Reviving America's Forgotten Neighborhoods: An Investigation of Inner City Revitalization Efforts

Reviving America's Forgotten Neighborhoods: An Investigation of Inner City Revitalization Efforts

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In Reviving America’s Forgotten Neighborhoods: An Investigation of Inner City Revitalization Efforts, Elise Bright asks the question: What can be done to improve America’s poorest urban neighborhoods? The book answers that question by discussing the approaches used in a variety of low income city neighborhoods that are generally recognized as having achieved some degree of successful revitalization.

The author conducted field research in a dozen cities, interviewing government officials, community groups, and neighborhood representatives. She also visited each of the revitalization projects and collected unpublished documents and plans. The cases presented here offer valuable, transferable lessons for achieving successful redevelopment.

All of the successful programs addressed the major substantive elements of safety, service, shelter, and social capital affecting low income residents’ quality of life. Bright identifies a number of procedural factors necessary for successful development, including the following:

Allow area residents to take charge

Provide adequate local government services

Fully support resident-led initiatives

Keep track of temporarily obsolete, abandoned, or derelict sites (TOADS) and streamline procedures for their reuse

Pursue regional coordination

Involve the private sector

Insist on microplanning

Be comprehensive

Provide federal support

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