Category Archives: Community development

David & Goliath: How the Unity Center proved nonprofit developers can compete

It may seem like a case of David vs. Goliath– a brand new, church-based, nonprofit developer going head to head with established private development corporations. Yet, today, the Unity Center stands as testament to the power of nonprofit, community-minded development. … Continue reading

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How UC Berkeley and the city of Richmond can be partners in progress

Today, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society released Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit: An Analysis of an Opportunity Model for Developing the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay. As the University of California, Berkeley contemplates large-scale master planning and development of the … Continue reading

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The changing face of Richmond, CA

As the University of California, Berkeley contemplates large-scale master planning and development of the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond, both the University and Richmond are poised for unprecedented growth. The city is one of the last affordable communities in the … Continue reading

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Redlining is still a reality

“From 2009 to 2013, if you lived in a majority-black or Hispanic neighborhood and you wanted to apply for a mortgage, Hudson City Savings Bank was not the place to go,” stated U.S. attorney Paul Fishman. On September 23, the Department of Justice and the … Continue reading

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Building healthy senior communities

America’s Health Rankings are out, and special attention is paid to senior health and wellness. How can we help our older community members remain healthy and vital? Praxia Partners’ initiative, Community Building Partners, has worked for decades to build communities … Continue reading

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Revitalizing a community, one house at a time

The Sustainable Community Investment Fund raises home values in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. I spoke to Joe Recchie about what the Fund is working on in Eastmoor, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio

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How the world celebrated International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 marked 100+ years since the first ever International Women’s Day. So, how did the global community celebrate?

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Watch this: 50 years ago in Selma

In March 1965, thousands upon thousands of Americans gathered on the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named for the Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan) and began a journey that still reverberates throughout the nation. Today, we revisit some remarkable footage from the … Continue reading

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Ferguson: we are saying no, and demanding: enough.

When my daughter Laura asked the question, “What do you think of Ferguson?” I honestly didn’t know how to cast the despair that I felt in a light that had a measure of hope when talking to my own child about … Continue reading

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Light the night: community-owned solar street lamps in Detroit

When Highland Park’s street lights were repossessed, community members took action. Find out how a grassroots group plans to use solar power to make their streets safer.

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