Community development was born in a time of white flight and disinvestment. Our programs, underlying assumptions, and many of our basic operating tactics are still fighting the old wars of cold markets and urban "blight." But while inner city disinvestment is still a huge problem in many places... More
Chattanooga Is Densifying Its Downtown--Will It Diversify Too?
As this CityLab article points out, Chattanooga is now trying to densify its downtown, which had lacked "adequate" housing to sustain the kind of urban culture of innovation it hopes to cultivate to go with its "Gig City" success. But there's not a single word in that article about... More
s the move toward intergenerational models of housing being spurred by the new sharing economy, the increasing influence of immigrant cultures, or something else? More
We Have Only One Year to Prove Local Hire Works! Here's How
By Laura Barrett, Gamaliel and Transportation Equity NetworkFor years, at every Transportation Equity Network meetingwith USDOT officials, the need for progressive, creative local hire policies was aired and shot down. Our cry was heard at last, but the fight is not over... More
Released yesterday by the NYU Furman Center, Creating Affordable Housing Out of Thin Air examines the economic potential of a mandatory inclusionary zoning policy to produce new affordable units tied to upzonings across New York City's neighborhoods. More
Q: Do Section 8 voucher holders increase crime in a neighborhood?
This is a perennial fear, but researchers at NYU's Furman Center took a really close look at the data to see, when controlling for other factors, if there was any association between an increase in Housing Choice Vouchers and the crime levels in that neighborhood....
"Like a mini Onion for the community development world!"
"What a great way to start the day, thanks! We should add: Foreclosures Down 50%, Crisis is Over! (well they are still up 300% pre-crisis level, but what the hell?)
"LOVE IT! Very clever and very true."
I saw your hiring announcement in the most recent spooflines. Congrats. NACEDA recently brought on Nala, an intern from Northern Virginia. I attached a photo here. Her interests are sleeping, chicken sticks,
dingo bones, and squirrels of any kind. Next time you make it to DC, I'll introduce you.
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The essential functions of the position are to design methods to collect primary data from CDFIs, including financial performance, portfolio activity and performance, and community outcomes. Clean survey data, conduct data analyses, develop and undertake issue-focused research based on OFN's primary data as well as other data, and disseminate findings to broad audiences.