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 and Peter talk with Mike Mather, the pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, about what truly innovative institutions can do to make the move from charity to empowerment and how the church can build a neighborhood by moving from serving the poor to ending their poverty.
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 [...]
Before the most recent Sunday Streets Missoula, organizers tried something new: they decided to put up temporary signs around the city with information about the upcoming event. The idea was simple: the signs would both help participants find their way to certain parts of the Sunday Streets route, and also remind people that Sunday Streets [...]
The Chesapeake Veterans House in Southeast Washington, D.C. puts a roof over the heads of some 60 formerly homeless vets. But the facility, which opened in 1999, needs some TLC of its own. Thanks to grants from Citi Community Development (through LISC/NEF's Bring Them HOMES veterans housing initiative) and Home Depot, the ex-servicemen who live there will soon have a new roof—as well as renovated bathrooms and improved security.
Funding charter school facilities can be a perfectly sound investment in quality education for low-income communities--if lenders and investors scrutinize a school’s track record, says a report by LISC and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Too often, funders don’t look at data indicating whether a school might not repay a loan, or even close. Good communication with authorizers is a key to good investment.
In a video interview on PlanPhilly.com, a website devoted to urban planning and community development, LISC Philly's Andy Frishkoff talked poverty, housing preservation and the importance of growing a middle class in the City of Brotherly Love. Frishkoff stressed balancing the energy and capital of developers and other newcomers with the interests of longtime, low-income residents who need dynamic, healthy neighborhoods and affordable housing.