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Designing & Directing Neighborhood Change Efforts: How to be More Intentional and Effective - Choice Neighborhoods Resource Guide by Michael Schubert

Written by Michael Schubert, Principal of Community Development Strategies, this guide is designed to help Choice Neighborhoods grantees, as well as others engaged in neighborhood change efforts, be more intentional and effective in their revitalization work. It provides a framework for both thought and action.  At the core of this guide is a simple yet profound idea: the importance of influencing individual investment decisions made by neighbors and by other stakeholders in ways that benefit the neighborhood.  Neighborhood conditions are driven to a large extent by the range of investment decisions neighbors and other stakeholders make about the neighborhood and how others interpret those decisions.  Organizations that intervene – whether they be public, private, or non-profit – often mistakenly believe that their decisions will drive the future of the neighborhood. In reality, however, the decisions of neighbors matter most.  Using this lens, the focus of the guide is on four areas: (1) building a positive neighborhood image; (2) stabilizing the housing market; (3) improving physical conditions; and (4) strengthening the social fabric in the neighborhood.

Download Designing & Directing Neighborhood Change Efforts: How to be More Intentional and Effective – Choice Neighborhoods Resource Guide by Michael Schubert Choice Neighborhoods – April 2015

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