Entries by Mark Leneker

(draft) Announcement: National Steering Committee

March 25, 2019 A new Steering Committee has come together to determine the methods, structure, and resources to sustain a long-term effort that brings attention and support to America’s middle neighborhoods. The Steering Committee is comprised of nearly 20 confirmed members, including prominent practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and funders working at national, state, and local levels […]

(draft) Feature Story | March 2019 Newsletter

March 25, 2019 By Nelson Beckford, The Cleveland Foundation Think about curb cuts for a minute. Fifty years ago, wheelchair users and activists found it difficult to navigate city streets because of the sharp sidewalk drop-offs making it impossible to travel city blocks without assistance.  Well organized advocacy and lobbying led to solutions such as […]


NACEDA is collaborating to present People and Places 2019, an annual peer-learning conference for community development professionals. April 15-17, 2019 in Arlington, VA. The Federal Reserve Bank Community Development Research Conference will focus this year on strategies to renew the middle class. May 9-10, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The Center for Community Progress will hold […]

City of Baltimore Begins Work on Strengthening Middle Neighborhoods

March 25, 2019 By Tamika Gauvin, City of Baltimore The Baltimore Innovation Team (i-team) recently kicked off its work on middle neighborhoods, where one-third of the city’s vacant houses reside. There are 22 national and global “i-teams”, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, that are charged with working on issues that mayors identify as intractable challenges in […]

Community of Practice updates

March 25, 2019 The primary purpose of the Community of Practice (CoP) is to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and technical assistance opportunities. The Community of Practice has two practitioner co-chairs, Nedra Sims-Fears of Greater Chatham Initiative in Chicago and Jeff Verespej of Old Brooklyn CDC in Cleveland. They work with American Assembly staff Pamela Puchalski and […]

Recentering the ‘Middle’ in Our National Conversation

March 13, 2019 | Next City By Michael Norton There is a movement in many American cities to stabilize the property tax base, as the revenues it produces are critical to adequate city services. As Chicagoans head to the polls to pick their next mayor, there is heightened attention on the pressing need to shore […]

Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class: The Opportunity for a Prosperous Detroit

Detroit Future City Detroit Future City is proud to introduce “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class: The Opportunity for a Prosperous Detroit,” an in-depth look at the quantitative and qualitative aspects of African-American middle-class households and the value that the African-American middle class provides to communities. Across the nation, there are more than 45 million middle-class […]