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People & Places Blogs

The People & Places project encourages adaption, transformation and inspiration in emerging neighborhoods across America. In March 2015, community development practitioners converged in Washington, DC for the People & Places Conferences − the most diverse and inclusive community development community development conference in more than a decade. The conference inspired this ongoing series of blogs about local practitioners changing places and empowering people.

Lansing. Just About Right.

NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff sees how government and nonprofits cooperate to increase prosperity – and fun – in Michigan's capital city. This is Frank's last stop in his Goldilocks-themed tour of Michigan.

September 22, 2016

MA, OH and Philly Picked for National Creative Placemaking Initiative

NACEDA and Americans for the Arts selected three partnerships to leverage the power of arts, culture and creativity to revitalize communities.

September 19, 2016

Flint. Cold.

Flint, Michigan has been coping with a cold real estate market due to declining manufacturing and population loss. Then, the water crisis hit. How are the city's neighborhoods faring? NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff took a tour with Flint HOME Administrator.

September 15, 2016

Grand Rapids. Hot.

NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff toured three Michigan cities and describes them Goldilocks style. His first stop is Grand Rapids, where he met with city officials, toured emerging neighborhoods with a local CDC director, and saw how local investment and local values have made Grand Rapids a hot market by Michigan standards.

September 8, 2016

Shared Equity Models: A New Look at Community Development

NACEDA intern Barbara Anne Kozee outlines the place for worker cooperatives and sustainable local economies in the future of economic development.

August 9, 2016

From Guard Towers to Gardens

Eggplant Craft Stamford, CTVincent Tufo of Charter Oaks Communities and Pam Koprowski of Stamford Hospital forged a partnership in Stamford, Connecticut – the Vita Health & Wellness District. As the Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to play a role in preventing disease, Vita stands out as a national model. 

July 8, 2016

Let's Talk CRA

NACEDA Intern Vaidehi Patel spoke with Paige Carlson-Heim of TD Bank about the Community Reinvestment Act.

April 28, 2016

Generating Neighborhood Power in North Toledo, Ohio

terry glazer thumbnailTerry Glazer combined people power and the might of the media to revitalize neglected North Toledo neighborhoods. 

June 15, 2016

Democrats Should Focus on Racial Wealth Divide

Bernie Mazyck of the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development and Jeremie Greer of CFED call on the next president to close the racial wealth gap. Read their op-ed published in Charleston's The Post and Courier.

February 25, 2016

Growing the Housing Resource Pie

How can Massachusetts community developers get the resources they need to provide quality affordable homes? Joe Kriesberg and Don Bianchi of the Massachusetts Association of CDCs share their legislative priorities.

January 28, 2016

Massachusetts Governor Touts Community Investment Tax Credit

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick discusses the Community Investment Tax Credit with MACDC President Joe Kriesberg

December 9, 2015

Marriage of Two Economic Sectors Presents Opportunity

Carbon emission trading is becoming a revenue source for affordable, green homes in California. NACEDA Intern Sydney Mann explains how.

August 10, 2015

Importing a Powerful Engine for Economic Development

Ramon Leon LEDC MinneapolisRamón León of the Latino Economic Development Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota developed a Mercado, sparking entrepreneurship and revitalizing a neighborhood.

August 4, 2015

Seattle Issues Affordability Crisis Action Plan

The Housing Seattle plan backed by Mayor Murray sets a goal of 50,000 units built or preserved over ten years, with 20,000 designated as affordable.

July 15, 2015

$100,000 NEA Grant Sends Significant Signal To Neighborhoods

The fact that NACEDA's first direct federal grant came from the National Endowment for the Arts reveals a lot about the challenges neighborhoods face and how our movement will address those challenges, asserts NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff.

July 15, 2015

A Personal Investment in North Charleston

Dorothea Bernique of Increasing Hope

Dorothea Bernique of Increasing HOPE in North Charleston, South Carolina, uses financial education to prevent predatory lending and foreclosure, stabilize neighborhoods.

June 22, 2015

Making Sense of Creative Placemaking

Creative placemaking leverages arts and culture to serve communities. NACEDA Intern Max Brekke provides compelling examples as he makes sense of this growing field.

May 15, 2015

Thwarting Payday Lenders At the Texas Border

Nick Mitchell-Bennett Community Loan CenterNick Mitchell-Bennett of the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, Texas developed an alternative to payday lending that's going national.

   April 27, 2015

People & Places Community Conference 2015 Statement

The most diverse and inclusive community development conference in a decade, the 2015 People & Places Community Conference was a platform for the nation's leading networks of community development practitioner networks  NACEDA, National CAPACD, NALCAB and the Urban League. 

April 22, 2015