Neighborhoods & Communities

Community building and place making are essentially about creating the environment to satisfy human desires for homes, jobs, recreation, social interaction and access to the natural world. Healthy and prosperous neighborhoods and communities nurture a public spiritedness that can sustain a place across generations. Resources here feature specific local snapshots that highlight efforts to strengthen and improve communities.

Growing Baltimore, Neighborhood by Neighborhood
Baltimore city leaders have set a goal to attract 10,000 new families by 2021.  In addition to place-based strategies targeting downtown and neighborhoods, the city has made extensive investments in education and new school construction designed to lure families with children.  This case study explores a diverse set of partnerships that lie at the heart of efforts in the City of Baltimore to revitalize neighborhoods, grow population, and support community prosperity.

Home Matters™ Links Community Voices
A coalition of community development partners have joined with the National NeighborWorks Association and banking industry leaders Citi and Wells Fargo, both NLC Capstone Corporate Partners,  to create the Home Matters™ program. The partners in the Home Matters coalition seek to cut through the policy statistics and focus instead on the street-level stories that define the fabric of a place.

Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use Rental Housing in St. Paul, Minnesota - The Penfield Project
Downtown St. Paul's Penfield project, a $62 million mixed-use redevelopment effort, includes rental apartments and a full service grocery store with easy access to public transit. The financing arrangements and the "best value" contracting provisions demonstrate the creative and innovative approach undertaken by the city.

Morgantown and WV University Neighborhood Collaboration (April 11, 2011)
In a remarkable partnership, the City of Morgantown, W.Va. and West Virginia University (WVU) have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2004 to stabilize and rejuvenate the Sunnyside neighborhood adjacent to the school's downtown campus.  The Sunnyside Up Campus Neighborhoods Revitalization Corporation is the vehicle providing the residents of Sunnyside with a voice in decisions affecting their neighborhood.

City of Camden Standing Up and Moving Forward (March 14, 2011)
Community leaders in Camden, N.J. are focused with laser precision on the tangible steps being implemented to achieve progress and improvement in the areas of revenue, poverty, crime, and unemployment.  At the heart of the community building efforts are the Greater Camden Partnership and Cooper's Ferry Development Association. 

Placemaking Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
The Windy City's placemaking initiative facilitates community oriented development and management of public spaces promoting community interaction.

Dubuque Historic Millwork District, Dubuque, Iowa
Located between the Port of Dubuque and Dubuque's downtown, the Historic Millwork District is a warehousing district being renewed as a urban mixed use development while preserving environmental sustainability.