Neighborhood Recovery: Reinvestment Policy for the New Hometown / Edition 1

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How can we help distressed urban communities recover from a generation of economic loss and reposition themselves for success in today's economy? Although many have proposed solutions to the problems of neighborhoods suffering from economic disinvestment, John Kromer, in his role as Philadelphia's housing director, has actually put solutions to work. Part war story, part how-to manual, and part advocacy for more effective public policy, and community initiative can produce successful and lasting results.
Neighborhood Recovery presents a policy approach that cities can use to improve the physical condition of their neighborhoods and help urban residents compete for good jobs in the metropolitan economy. Kromer's experience in Philadelphia reveals challenges and opportunities that can decisively influence the future of neighborhoods in many other American cities.
Kromer's framework for neighborhood recovery addresses topics such as:

  • home ownership and financing
  • the role of community-based organizations
  • work-readiness and job training for neighborhood residents
  • housing for homeless people and others with specialized needs
  • ncthe importae of advocacy in advancing neighborhood reinvestment policy

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer

Future debates about housing policies . . . will be far more productive if the participants have read this report from the front on how to fight the battle against urban decline.
Environment and Planning

Well written, thoughtful, and laden with useful insights.
APA Journal

Neighborhood Recovery presents a public policy approach based on hard-core experience and some self-reported mistakes. One of its strengths is its rich detail of present-day projects and strategies, useful to other housing czars and students of community development planning. . . . Neighborhood Recovery is an excellent read for the sheer opportunity to see the cityÆs complex economic development challenges through the eyes of a neighborhood activist turned bureaucrat.
Urban Studies

[KromerÆs] book confronts the complexities of getting things done in a large city municipal complex. Part of the appeal of this approach is his ability to penetrate the mesozoic obscurities of local political, economic, social and programmatic strata. . . . Kromer offers the reader numerous insights about everything from community development corporations, Section 8 housing programmes and public housing to Community Development Block Grants, Project HOME and the Clinton administrationÆs Hope VI initiative. . . . I would not hesitate to assign KromerÆs book to graduate students interested in inner-city housing and neighbourhood revitalisation.
American Planning Journal

Each chapter is peppered with historic and present-day public policy decisions, their physical and social impacts of neighborhoods, and an acute analysis of local community development strategies.
director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University - Nicholas P. Retsinas

John Kromer documents how neighborhood recovery must exist in and complement broader economic and demographic trends. The case of Philadelphia demonstrates that community development is both process and destination.
former mayor of Philadelphia - Edward G. Rendell

Honest and intelligent. A creative response to the biggest challenge facing urban America today.
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Henry Cisneros

John KromerÆs analysis is grounded in real-world experience and proven accomplishments. This book is a primer on how to revitalize an American city.
author of The Fractured Metropolis: Improving the New City, Restoring the Old C - Jonathan Barnett

A frank and detailed account of what it is like to run a big-city housing agency, what works and what does not.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813527178
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Strategic Problem 5
2 Advancing the Plan 30
3 Trophies and Landmarks 59
4 The New Homeownership 86
5 CDCs On The Edge 110
6 Second-Generation Segregation 134
7 Working the Economy 159
8 The Unfinished Policy 186
9 Jump-Start and Payoff 205
10 To Jump Higher, to Run Farther 229
Notes 245
Index 249
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