Entries by Mark Leneker

National Steering Committee is Formed

March 25, 2019 A new Steering Committee has come together to determine the methods, structure, and resources to sustain a long-term effort that brings attention and support to America’s middle neighborhoods. The Steering Committee is comprised of nearly 20 confirmed members, including prominent practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and funders working at national, state, and local levels […]

Reflections on the ‘Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods’ meeting in Cleveland

March 25, 2019 By Paul Brophy, Brophy & Reilly LLC Approximately 200 people concerned about America’s middle neighborhoods met at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on November 13-14, 2018 to advance practice, research and policy priorities regarding middle neighborhoods—those neighborhoods in America’s cities, suburbs and towns that are neither strong and vibrant nor deeply […]

City of Baltimore Begins Work on Strengthening Middle Neighborhoods

March 25, 2019 By Tamika Gauvin, City of Baltimore The Baltimore Innovation Team (i-team) recently kicked off its work on middle neighborhoods, where one-third of the city’s vacant houses reside. There are 22 national and global “i-teams”, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, that are charged with working on issues that mayors identify as intractable challenges in […]

Community of Practice updates

March 25, 2019 The primary purpose of the Community of Practice (CoP) is to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and technical assistance opportunities. The Community of Practice has two practitioner co-chairs, Nedra Sims-Fears of Greater Chatham Initiative in Chicago and Jeff Verespej of Old Brooklyn CDC in Cleveland. They work with American Assembly staff Pamela Puchalski and […]

Recentering the ‘Middle’ in Our National Conversation

March 13, 2019 | Next City By Michael Norton There is a movement in many American cities to stabilize the property tax base, as the revenues it produces are critical to adequate city services. As Chicagoans head to the polls to pick their next mayor, there is heightened attention on the pressing need to shore […]

Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class: The Opportunity for a Prosperous Detroit

Detroit Future City Detroit Future City is proud to introduce “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class: The Opportunity for a Prosperous Detroit,” an in-depth look at the quantitative and qualitative aspects of African-American middle-class households and the value that the African-American middle class provides to communities. Across the nation, there are more than 45 million middle-class […]

Towards a New System of Community Development

March 7, 2019 | The New Localism By Bruce Katz and Ross Baird Our continued visits to Opportunity Zones across the country (most recently Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, Norfolk, Baltimore, and San Antonio) and our conversations with literally dozens of practitioners reinforce our sense that the new federal tax incentive is (unexpectedly and slowly) driving […]