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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In June 2015 ABCD Europe marked the 20th anniversary of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute by bringing together people from around the world who have fostered place-based, citizen-led, and asset-based social movements.That week Festival Convenor and ABCD Europe Co-Director Cormac Russell also launched his new book in which he and John McKnight explore ABCD's intellectual heritage over the last forty years.
For the New Brunswick Ciclovia, equity isn’t just a consideration — it’s been at the center of the initiative from its conception. With 56,000 residents and the campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick is home to a diverse mix of homeowners, renters, and students. Almost 50% of the population self identifies as Hispanic, Spanish is [...]
Jenn Graham never aspired to be a superhero. But, when her bike wheel caught in a drain grate on her ride to work in Atlanta, she wasn’t just catapulted to the pavement — but launched into Open Streets advocacy. In a Pecha Kucha presentation delivered last year, the founder of Aha! Strategy, succinctly described the [...]
Take it from Gil Penalosa: The Open Streets movement in the United States is at a tipping point. The former parks commissioner for the city of Bogota and founder of the city’s spectacularly successful ciclovia that weekly engages more than 1.3 million Colombians, Penalosa is perhaps the top (and certainly most passionate) expert on the importance [...]
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Shovels hit the ground this week in Washington, D.C.'s Benning Heights neighborhood as a new development that will bring affordable apartments, health services and job training to low-income residents moved forward, thanks in part to $34 million from the Healthy Futures Fund. The Conway Center, developed by So Others Might Eat (SOME), is the largest investment to date by the fund—which is a partnership among LISC, Morgan Stanley and The Kresge Foundation to help connect good housing and good health care in disadvantaged communities.
In the wake of the national housing crisis and Detroit's bankruptcy, leaders of three community development corporations (CDCs) discuss the changing landscape of their work in an article for Model D. As Detroit's funds for housing, economic development and public safety have dwindled, CDCs play an even larger role in improving neighborhoods and helping people stay in their homes. And resources such as zero-percent interest loans for home repair, made possible with LISC's support, help fill the gaps.