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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.

Neighborhoods, Communities, Community Development, and Neighborhood Planning
Neighborhoods, communities, community development, and neighborhood planning

In the first part of this chapter, I explore the notions of neighborhood and community as they are commonly used by planners, community developers, and neighborhood people themselves. This is followed by a similar discussion of the notions of neighborhood planning and how it is carried out. The chapter serves to lay out the context for a discussion of efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through community development and thus sets the stage for the case studies presented in Chapters 5 through 8.

The Varied Meanings of Neighborhood and Community

The terms neighborhood and community are commonly used in conversation, speech, and writing to describe certain urban places as though everybody knows and agrees as ...

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