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Exploring the promise and limits of grassroots strategies for community organizing, development and planning, this book looks at how they can be used in the revitalization and maintenance of urban neighborhoods. The book presents a number of case studies from the United States, analyzing the reasons for success and failure, and concludes with recommendations in the form of a "tool kit" for planners and community leaders.
Chapter 1: Introduction
This book is about neighborhoods, neighborhood-based grassroots development efforts, and the role that planning can and does play in strengthening neighborhood development efforts. It accepts the notion that grassroots efforts make a difference, it explores the conditions under which they succeed, but it also identifies and discusses the limitations that can arise from focusing too narrowly on the neighborhood as the unit of analysis and context for the solution of urban problems.
Neighborhoods and grassroots community-based efforts have not always been viewed as central to the redevelopment or revitalization of our cities. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, when I was a graduate student studying the city and its problems, my professors talked a lot about the federal government and its role in providing ...