Tailor Neighborhood Strategies to Market Conditions


Tailor Neighborhood Strategies to Market Conditions

Stabilize distressed neighborhoods, strengthen middle neighborhoods, and preserve affordability in strong neighborhoods
City governments, community development corporations, and their partners should act methodically and use data to help make decisions about where to deploy resources tailored to the condition of a given neighborhood. Distressed and middle neighborhoods pervade in nearly every legacy city, and it is essential to prevent further decline in these areas. In the smaller number of neighborhoods where real estate prices are high or rising—or where gentrification is likely in the near future—cities should act to preserve affordability as early as possible.

Building American Cities Toolkit™

Produced by the Center for Community Progress, this toolkit provides resources to help communities improve their built environment. It is divided into four elements: dealing with problem property owners, building stronger neighborhoods, reusing vacant properties, and taking control of and managing problem properties.

Data-Driven Approaches to Strengthening Neighborhoods

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published “Putting Data to Work: Data-Driven Approaches to Strengthening Neighborhoods” to highlight successful uses of data in neighborhood revitalization efforts. This tool will prove useful to local leaders who are looking for ways to use data to perform market analyses and address disinvested neighborhoods.

Local Foods, Local Places Toolkit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created this toolkit to share best practices and lessons learned from the Local Foods, Local Places program, which helps communities develop and grow local food systems. Practitioners can use this toolkit to help their community clearly identify its goals, engage stakeholders, and prioritize achievable actions to enact the plan.

Startup Community Land Trust Hub

This online toolkit from the Grounded Solutions Network provides practitioners with resources to create a successful community land trust. It can help local leaders ask the right questions and form their own roadmaps for success.

Initiative Profiles

Initiative Profiles

Gary, IN

An urban revitalization initiative that uses a real-time parcel-level survey and mapping platform to guide its strategic demolition and neighborhood stabilization efforts

Akron, OH

Promoting economic and urban development in neighborhood business districts through comprehensive corridor planning, incentive programs, and public management reforms

Cleveland, OH

A technical assistance and low-interest financing program that helps homeowners improve and maintain the physical and economic value of older homes

Rochester, NY

Promotional and branding program to strengthen the housing market in the Triangle neighborhood of North Winton Village, a target middle neighborhood in Rochester

Philadelphia, PA

Pairing basic landscaping and site improvements with maintenance services for the creation of public open spaces on otherwise vacant lots

Rochester, NY

Supporting long-term residency by providing free architectural designs for owner-occupants seeking to add a half-bathroom to the ground floor of single-bathroom homes


On the Edge: America's Middle Neighborhoods

Paul Brophy, Ed., 2016
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Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities

Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman, 2013
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Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell

Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, 2017
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Preservation Rightsizing Network et al., 2015
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, 2008
Rosalind Greenstein and Yesim Sungu-Eryilmaz, 2005
Democracy Collaborative, 2018–live
Pete Saunders, 2018–live
Erika C. Poethig et al., 2018
Julie Wagner and Dan Watch, 2016 – live
Center for Community Progress, 2018
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2017
The Reinvestment Fund, 2018 – live
The American Assembly, 2018–live
Torey Hollingsworth, 2017
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Research and Policy Lab, 2017
Aaron Renn, 2018–live

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