Urban Policy: The Struggling Urban Areas


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“How to create opportunity in Baltimore and beyond”

Alison Burke | May 22, 2015


Housing coupled to employment

"If the investments made by Harvey’s organization in housing were (and remain) successful, then what went wrong? Harvey said that a lack of economic growth in the area—and associated jobs—are likely to blame."

"The key, Harvey says, to sustaining growth in neighborhoods like Sandtown-Winchester is working to ensure that once housing investments are made, “economic development and employment follow.” "


Public sector aligned to Private sector

"Hinkle-Brown noted that after initiating prudently planned, data-driven building and investment projects, the private market has followed suit*." 
(*idiomatic expression for "followed the pattern")

"What we’re trying to do is manage a joint effort [between public and private sectors] to build value and opportunity for existing residents and new residents in a way that’s managed and self-sustaining.”



Engagement-Empowerment and the notion of “our village”


“If you simply stop and ask a young person what they’d like to do their community, they’ll have lots of great ideas,” said Miranda.

"They drive past that house, that building that they helped build, and they say ‘I built that, and therefore I am taking care of care of that.’ ”

“to convert neighborhoods of poverty to neighborhoods of opportunity, it takes a village. And we’ve brought a mini village in today.”



University Civic Engagement Programs


Derek Douglas, vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago and former member of the White House Domestic Policy Council:

Implement civic engagement programs
UChicago’s Urban Labs