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Thinking Out Loud

Welcome to our blog. In this space, Institute staff and our colleagues around the country share news and views on our work, our neighborhoods and the field of comprehensive community development.

It’s an opportunity to Think Out Loud – and for you to offer your comments. We welcome YOUR thoughts about our blog posts. 

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Massachusetts model
A new tax credit program in the Bay State helps attract private investment to low-income communities.
Parks and recreation
A string of community parks in the South Bronx shows how hard it can be to change a neighborhood—and why it’s worth the wait.
When policy comes from the neighborhood
A change in perspective came when the City asked for public health policy recommendations from Chicago community groups.
Surviving and thriving in the new normal
The American economy might be on the rebound. If neighborhoods are to share in the recovery, they’ll need to adapt to some structural changes.
Building on a legacy
Lessons in how to think about getting the most from America's "legacy cities" can be applied to neighborhoods as well.
Is there a better way to think about scale?
It's easier to grow or replicate a successful program when you have the right resources.
Cultural assets feed a commercial corridor
In San Diego, the City Heights community is using its diversity to create an international destination point on El Cajon Boulevard.
Parking lots and possibilities
A new book asks us to rethink the lowly parking lot, which brings up the question, what else can be a resource in rebuilding our neighborhoods?
A portrait of the artist as a young real estate developer
On Chicago’s South Side, Theaster Gates—an artist with a background in urban planning—is building a community.
Commitment from the flames
At the 20-year anniversary of the civil unrest in Los Angeles, the staff of LISC Los Angeles remembers the event and reminds us of what we learned about opportunity.
Why talk about "why"
An inspiring TED video gives a compelling argument about how to change—and communicate about—your work.
Community, relationships and the power of place
Robert Sampson's new book shows that collective efficacy at the neighborhood level is a living entity--and that means place matters.
Unsafe streets
New research shows that poor neighborhoods are much more dangerous for drivers and pedestrians
Soul searching in a food desert
A New York Times article on food deserts missed how important a grocery store is to a poor community--and why a comprehensive approach is crucial to improving local health.
The both/and approach
Comprehensive community development works best when we we're willing to think bigger and broader.
Make that plan official
When a community-led quality-of-life plan is formally adopted by the city, it gains power and influence.
Next generation community revitalization: A work in progress
A new report sums up lessons from across six different comprehensive community development networks.
The Power of #
Use #hashtags to engage and grow an online following.
A lighter, quicker, cheaper way to use vacant spaces
Marisa Novara suggests some temporary projects that turn empty lots and abandoned buildings into fun, interactive and/or beautiful assets.
Conviction, urgency, pride and hope
The welcoming remarks for GIDII explain why comprehensive community development works and how to keep moving forward.
Inspiring street art and community roots
A series of short videos shows the visual impact of street art on a community in Miami.
Turning community service for youth into service learning
With a bit of preparation, a project can become much more than just a day to volunteer.
Washington DC’s Promise Neighborhood is building
From a new early-learning center to becoming a Choice Neighborhood, the Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood is having a very busy 2012.
New Sustainable Communities Resource Center
The launch of a federal website and newsletter that mines the connection between community, transportation and the environment.
Communities that are built to last
Five fundamental principals that are behind the work to build sustainable communities

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