Community Manager at SeeClickFix.com, a web and mobile web platform based here in New Haven. SeeClickFix allows citizens anywhere in the world to report and monitor non-emergency community issues ranging from potholes and planted trees to garbage and graffiti. Launched in 2008, it empowers citizens, community groups, media organizations, and governments to work together and improve their neighborhoods.
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John's recent conversation with New Vision Renewable Energy's Ruston Seaman led to a reflection on meeting Edgar Cahn for the first time and seeing how timebanking provides a structure for mobilizing people to use their assets and gifts for the common, local good.
John, Peter and architect, community planner and author Ross Chapin, the leader in defining and designing pocket neighborhoods, talk about how scale and design impact the quality of our conversations, relationships and our sense of community.
For Rebecca Serna the power of Open Streets wasn’t an exciting concept she read about in a book or a vibrant event she saw in a Streetfilms video. She felt it firsthand. When the Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition studied participatory planning and budgeting she traveled abroad to Colombia — the birthplace of ciclovia [...]
Registration is now open for the 2015 National Open Streets Summit, happening in Atlanta, GA from September 25, 2015 through September 27, 2015. The 2015 National Open Streets Summit will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced open streets organizers, led by experts from the Open Streets Project, 8-80 Cities, Atlanta Streets [...]
Get your biking, walking, dancing, and hula hooping shoes on! We’re excited to announce the upcoming 2015 National Open Streets Summit happening September 25-27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia! The 2015 National Open Streets Summit is co-hosted by the Open Streets Project, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Atlanta Streets Alive. The Open Streets Project is also collaborating with 8-80 Cities. The Summit will feature sessions [...]
Low rates of ownership, rising rents and housing distress in many minority and impoverished neighborhoods: that’s the upshot of the new State of the Nation’s Housing 2015, an in-depth report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies the shows how the much-touted, post-recession rebound is not all that. LISC’s director of housing, Celia Smoot, discussed these issues, and the importance of ensuring long-term affordability for low-income residents, on a video roundtable with NPR’s Jim Zarroli and a panel of housing experts.
LISC and housing organizations across the country are celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to preserve the long-held concept of "disparate impact" when it comes to evaluating discrimination under the federal Fair Housing Act. What does it mean for community development, especially the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program? LISC's Matt Josephs takes an early look at the landmark ruling—applauding the way the Court both upheld this important concept and reiterated the importance of revitalizing low-income communities.
An Indy arts group, “Big Car,” is helping drive growth in an area where empty storefronts and poverty abound. With a façade grant and other support from LISC, Big Car is rehabbing, for starters, a former tube factory as its headquarters and at least five vacant homes for artists’ housing. The goal of the $1.5 million initiative is to nurture creativity and livability at once, in partnership with existing neighbors.