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Neighborhoods Release "Community Contracts" in Rhode Island

Neighborhood groups and their community development partners gathered in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 22 to release "community contracts" that lay out quality-of-life plans for the Woonsocket and Olneyville areas. The event generated a strong showing of local leaders and gained news coverage by local media.

Many Plans Before, But This One Has Legs

Gathering a bunch of neighborhood folks around a table to write a plan is nothing new. NeighborWorks in Woonsocket, R.I., had done the drill many times. But now a plan that isn’t even finished is reverberating around the Constitution Hill and Fairmont neighborhoods. The key was a focus on relationships.

Riverfront Park Helps Mill Town Turn Corner

Five years ago, there wasn’t much reason to walk down Aleppo Street in Providence. Amid the rotting buildings of the old Riverside Mills, drug dealers and prostitutes did a steady business. The blocks surrounding Aleppo Street were a place to find trouble, not relaxation. But a recent series of collaborations has transformed the riverfront into a center of community life.

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