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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.

Doing Planning for Grassroots Neighborhood Development
Doing planning for grassroots neighborhood development

By now it should be obvious to any observant reader that when neighborhood planning is done for the purpose of stimulating urban development, it differs from what is normally thought of as traditional planning. This is the case whether the planning is done from the bottom up or if it is top-down subarea planning. But even after exploring how planning assisted each of the efforts described in Chapters 5 through 8, it still may not be clear as to just how it differs or, more important, just what development-oriented neighborhood planners do.

Based on many years of working on development projects with community organizations, community organizers, and neighborhood advocates, I have arrived at conclusions as ...

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