Urban Problems and Community Development

Urban Problems and Community Development

by F. Ferguson Ronald
     
 

Can community development actually help solve long-standing urban problems? And, based on social science analyses, what kinds of initiatives can make a difference? This book surveys what we currently know and what we need to know about community development's past, current, and potential contributions. The authors - economists, sociologists, political scientists, and… See more details below

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Can community development actually help solve long-standing urban problems? And, based on social science analyses, what kinds of initiatives can make a difference? This book surveys what we currently know and what we need to know about community development's past, current, and potential contributions. The authors - economists, sociologists, political scientists, and a historian - define community development broadly to include all capacity building (including social, intellectual, physical, financial, and political assets) aimed at improving the quality of life in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. The book addresses the history of urban development strategies, the politics of resource allocation, business and work force development, housing, community development corporations, informal social organizations, schooling, and public security.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815718758
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
644
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Reconceiving the Community Development Field33
3Swimming against the Tide: A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor Communities77
4Power, Money, and Politics in Community Development139
5Community Development Corporations: Mission, Strategy, and Accomplishments193
6What "Community" Supplies241
7Security and Community Development293
8Schools and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: The Community Development Challenge339
9Rebuilding Urban Labor Markets: What Community Development Can Accomplish381
10The Economics of Housing Services in Low-Income Neighborhoods437
11Inner-City Business Development and Entrepreneurship: New Frontiers for Policy and Research473
12Evaluating Community Development Programs: Problems and Prospects521
13Conclusion: Social Science Research, Urban Problems, and Community Development Alliances569
Index611

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