Following the publication of On the Edge (2016), The American Assembly (TAA) organized convenings in cities across the United States in order to build public awareness and understanding of middle neighborhoods. The first such convening, “Action Agenda for a National Movement”, was held last year in Baltimore, MD. The second working group meeting, “Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods,” was held on November 13-14, 2018 in Cleveland, OH.
These convenings are subsequently paired with strategic meetings to determine the potential scope of future work. Armed with insight from elected officials, urban policy experts, community development practitioners, and researchers, TAA partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond to organize our first national convening to strengthen middle neighborhood stabilization leaders and their efforts.
The Middle Neighborhoods: Action Agenda for a National Movement meeting was held in Baltimore on November 15th-16th, 2017, with support from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Healthy Neighborhoods Inc., a Baltimore-based community development organization leading the city’s middle neighborhood stabilization efforts. Experts from varying disciplines and backgrounds, each familiar with the context of middle neighborhoods in cities across the United States, divided themselves into three working groups to advance discussions in policy, practice, and research. Among the participants were the Mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh; Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker; and two members of Congress, Dan Kildee (D-Michigan), and Dwight Evans (D-Pennsylvania).
For a summary of conclusions, including highlights from each working group, and next steps, view the summary report here.