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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.

Rebuilding Roseland a Block at a Time
Rebuilding roseland a block at a time

Roseland, one of Chicago's 77 community areas, is located approximately 11 miles directly south of the Loop, the city's central business district (see Figure 1.1). For the most part, it is a residential community, consisting of single-family homes and a few small apartment buildings. Some homes, such as those in the Rosemoor neighborhood at the northern end of Roseland, are one- and two-story brick buildings, well maintained and occupied by households with middle-class incomes.1 Indeed, the median family income for Roseland, as measured in 1989 for the 1990 census, was approximately £31,000, which was just about the median for the city of Chicago and high for the mostly African American south side ...

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