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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.

Criteria for Doing Successful Neighborhood Development
Criteria for doing successful neighborhood development

Each of the previous four chapters presented a situation in which a neighborhood and one or more community-based organizations in that neighborhood attempted to bring about a hoped for neighborhood future. None of the efforts undertaken was totally successful, although, with the exception of the first situation (the West DePaul Concerned Allied Neighbors' attempt to address gentrification), some level of success was achieved.

Planners and planning were involved in each situation, although the nature and scope of planning activities undertaken varied from case to case. Given the variety of situations, their ultimate outcomes, and the planning activities engaged in, it may appear to be difficult at first glance to draw from these four cases ...

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