Entries by Mark Leneker

Community Leaders Aim To Make Chatham A Shopping Destination

January 31, 2018 | CBS Chicago By Chatham, Local TV, Roseanne Tellez Chatham, a South Side community often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, is looking to change that perception. Leaders want to put Chatham on the map for shopping. So, business owners and community leaders are launching a “Buy Chatham” initiative to get […]

New Philadelphia home-repair loan program available to residents in middle neighborhoods

January 18, 2018 | The Philadelphia Inquirer By Caitlin McCabe This summer, the city of Philadelphia will launch a $100 million initiative called the “Housing Preservation Loan Program.” Congratulations to Council President Darrell Clarke, as well as Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, the Healthy Rowhouse and other housing advocates in the Philadelphia metro area! A feature of […]

The Lifeblood of Cities: “Middle” neighborhoods—neither affluent nor poor—remain crucial to urban success

January 9, 2018 | City Journal | By Aaron M. Renn The media tend to portray urban neighborhoods as either booming gentrified districts or zones of impoverishment. Neighborhoods in between get overlooked. But these older urban and inner-suburban “middle neighborhoods” may be where the next generation of urban problems—or solutions—will be found. Cities once held […]

Revitalizing our ‘middle neighborhoods’: One bold idea

December 3, 2017 | The Philadelphia Inquirer | Op-Ed by Dwight Evans & Ken Weinstein Cities compete for people. Philadelphia is no different. According to researchers at The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia, approximately 48 percent of city residents, across the country, live in “middle neighborhoods,” which are described as stable, working-class communities that generally lack outside investment, especially when […]