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Panacea or Problem? The Possibilities in Opportunity Zones

Panacea? Productive? Or problematic?<p>As policymakers, advocates, investors, and communities learn more about Opportunity Zones, this new tax incentive …

Private Equity

Better Family Life, RBC, builders plan to revitalize four neighborhoods

Better Family Life has recruited some community partners to make a “Clean Sweep” of North St. Louis this summer. Malik Ahmed, president and CEO of …

These longtime St. Louis residents are digging in as their neighborhood takes off

Buy Now<p>Quincy Jones clears grass from a new bed as Paul Clear runs a tiller in their City Greens Community Garden on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Behind …

St. Louis Public Radio

“We want something that’s going to bring our property values up and we don’t to get pushed out of this neighborhood, the people who’ve been here for …

CityLab

Believe it or not, the Trump tax bill has a little-known provision that can help address the stubborn disparities in entrepreneurship.

Strong Towns

"When strong citizens work collaboratively, it can turn a neighborhood full of disjointed families into a thriving community... The first step in …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A formal working relationship involving the city, legal clinics, community organizations and neighborhood nonprofits to deal with the 7,100 vacant …

When Artists and Tenants Join Forces in the Fight for Affordable Housing

Though their cartoon expressions look depressed, Giovanni Valderas’ piñata houses are not alone. Last spotted calling attention to housing inequality …

Bookmark This: Here's Your 3-Month Plan to Get Fit For Summer

Can you believe it? Summer is creeping up, and a lot of us may be stressing out that we are not where we thought we'd be by now after setting new year's intentions. But that's OK. You don't need to reach your goal of getting whatever your version of a perfect Summer body is to feel like you …

School Choice May Be Accelerating Gentrification

The ability to opt out of a neighborhood school increases the likelihood that a black or Hispanic neighborhood will see an influx of wealthier residents.<p>When Francis Pearman was studying at Vanderbilt, he and a fellow graduate student noticed a striking phenomenon in Nashville: white, affluent …

The absence of gentrification causes displacement

Some progressives believe that gentrification causes displacement of poor people, that new market-rate housing causes such gentrification, and thus …

Strong Towns

It's really hard to understand why this isn't already being done. Sell the home for $1 to someone ready to fix it up and live in it seems like a …

19 Jokes So Dirty You Won't Know Whether To Be Turned On Or Snort Laughing

"If at first you don't succeed, fix your ponytail and try again."

Are Gourmet Grocery Stores Gentrifying Neighborhoods?

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods may be contributing to rising home values.<p>With hundreds of locations nationwide, gourmet grocery chains like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are a staple of wealthy communities. But these chains have begun to pop up in many underserved neighborhoods as well. While the …

Real Estate

How community gardens and block associations help stem urban violence

Inside a case study on Chicago’s South Side empowering community groups to design their own solutions<p>The South Merrill Community Garden on Chicago’s South Side fills a literal hole in its community. Slipped between between two brick apartment buildings, the small plot was established in the 1980s …

Urban Design

Strong Towns

"We took a system where gentrification was a positive force for wealth creation among the underprivileged and, under the guise of improving their …

How they did it: Georgia’s Firefly Trail unlocks public funding through a grassroots campaign

<i>The Firefly Trail was one of ioby’s largest-budget projects to date. Learn how its leaders leveraged their ioby campaign to bring even more good</i> …

Bike Lanes

Community Builders Network of Metropolitan St. Louis

Big step in the fight against vacancy in STL City: St. Louis Development Corporation has committed $100k over 2 years to fund a new attorney at Legal …

Urban Land Institute

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8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community

<i>The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation —</i> …

To Become Resilient, St. Louis Takes Aim at Wells-Goodfellow

click to enlarge<p>On Thursday morning, the walls inside the Best Place Event Center on Martin Luther King Drive were covered with posters, notes and …

Taxes

CityLab

A lone ecologist is spending years running experiments in the vacant lots of Baltimore, looking for the best way to bring the city’s dead spaces back …

What Creating a ‘Stable Neighborhood’ Really Means

Last month I wrote about why Project Rebuild is basically a bad idea, and why the Obama administration is making a mistake by trying to refloat it …

3 Things for Nonprofits to Remember About Abandoned Properties

“'Do nothing' is not an option.”<p>So says Jerry Flach, construction project director at Paterson Habitat for Humanity, of the need to take action on …

Fighting Displacement Fights Crime

There's an utterly fascinating recent post by John Roman on the Metrotrends Blog of the Urban Institute called “Gentrification Will Reduce Crime and …

Artists as Organizers

<i>This piece appears in the Fall 2017 edition of</i> Shelterforce <i>magazine. Subscribe here.</i><p>A lot of us are interested in making our community development …

Creativity

How can I slow down traffic on my street?

“Historically, streets were not just for traffic,” writes David Engwicht, the irreverent public space thought leader, in his book <i>Street Reclaiming:</i> …

Urban Design

WebMD

Get body and mind ready for Friday with these easy yoga poses -- they can help reduce stress hormones and beat back the blues!

Connect Home STL

Please register for this free event @ http://connecthomestl.org/<p>St. Louis has been selected as one of 30 new communities to participate in a national …