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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No lines ... no meal tickets ... no clothes piled on tables to pick through. These are just a couple of the "radical hospitality" ideas John and Peter talk about with Edd Conboy of Philadelphia's Broad Street Ministry in these transcribed highlights of their August 8, 2015 conversation.
No lines ... no meal tickets ... no clothes piled on tables to pick through. John and Peter talk with Edd Conboy, Director of Social Services and the Counseling Center at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, about different ways people and communities can shift from a scarcity, helplessness and hopelessness stance to one of abundance, gifts and empowerment in their work with people on the margins.
On September 27, nearly 5 miles of Atlanta streets will be liberated from cars and given over to human-powered amusement. Tens of thousands of people will experience the unparalleled energy of Atlanta Streets Alive. Will you be one of them? Join us at the 2015 National Open Streets Summit and be part of one of the country’s most [...]
From Los Angeles to Minneapolis, Milwaukee to Pittsburgh, Open Streets season is kicking into high gear in communities across the United States. And we’re excited to bring more than 100 leaders and organizers together at the 2015 National Open Streets Summit in Atlanta, September 25-27. Organized by the Open Streets Project — a partnership of the Alliance and The [...]
Mike Lydon is a Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, a co-organizer of the Open Streets Project and the National Open Streets Summit. What do Bangalore, India; Cape Town, South Africa; and Peterborough, Ontario have in common? Open Streets! With hundreds of others, these three cities have recently joined a fast-growing international trend that Gil [...]
For Bronx native Malik Brown, a summer internship at LISC became more than an exercise in data entry. A visit to a Brooklyn food pantry sparked an "aha" moment—and a new way of seeing how communities can transform themselves, in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
A visionary collaboration between a grocery store and a clinic in Brockton, MA, aiming to tackle chronic health problems in a low-income community, marks its grand opening this week. The technical backstory—how complex private and public funding came together to make it all happen—might not take center stage at the celebration. But an article in the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits details, in plain English, the financial architecture involved in bringing Vincente’s Tropical Grocery to the project and to a neighborhood that has long been a food desert.
Getting investors and lenders to take on ventures in low-income rural places can be a tough sell. But stagnant economies in our heartland can’t rebound without innovative support. In an article for ABA Banking Journal, Suzanne Anarde, director of Rural LISC, shows how even modest investment can have major impact. Creative financing helped to adapt a former houseboat builder into a manufacturer of prefab homes in Kentucky, and an old department store was converted to affordable apartments and health clinic in Michigan. These and similar projects across the country reap great returns for investors and communities alike.