Entries by Mark Leneker

Support Middle Neighborhoods with a Federal Investment in Home Rehab

November 7th, 2018 | Next City By Julia Gordon & Theo Chang Neither rich nor poor. Neither gentrifying nor in steep decline. “Middle neighborhoods” have recently captured the attention of community development circles (and are the subject of ongoing coverage in Next City). These neighborhoods, broadly defined as areas with households earning 80 to 120 percent […]

What Product Will Capture Massive Missing-Middle Opportunity? Providing right-priced product for the working class takes diligence.

November 4th, 2018 | BUILDER Online By Jennifer Castenson The development and delivery of right-sized, right-priced workforce housing is one of the most challenging yet undervalued opportunities for builders and developers today. This so-called “middle neighborhood” defines a third to half of urban America, representing a wide variety of ethnicities to form some of the […]

(The Urgent Case for) Middle Neighborhoods, One of the Most Overlooked Assets in America

October 17th, 2018 | Next City By Paul Brophy and Frank Woodruff The recently-released Opportunity Atlas provides fresh evidence that neighborhoods — even blocks within neighborhoods — are determinants of children’s life chances, even when families have similar incomes. Similarly, the Neighborhood Life Expectancy Project shows how disparities in health, block by block, are based […]

Philadelphia anti-blight legislation back in action

September 26th, 2018 | The Philadelphia Tribune By Jake Blumgart Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has given Philadelphia back its favorite blight-fighting tool. In a Sept. 13 ruling, state justices unanimously reaffirmed the city’s ability to force property owners to maintain the appearances of their vacant buildings, reversing a 2015 lower court ruling. The case centers on […]

City’s plan to battle blight leaves some neighborhoods out

September 24th, 2018 | KCCI Des Moines TV By Chris Gothner Des Moines city leaders moved forward Monday on a multimillion-dollar plan to revitalize neighborhoods by busting blight, but only four neighborhoods are included. The Des Moines City Council unanimously approved a $4.6 million pilot program to make improvements to Oak Park/Highland Park, the Drake […]

Making the Case for America’s Middle Neighborhoods

September 24th, 2018 | Next City By Kelly Regan, Next City and Stephanie Sung, The American Assembly, with research by Brianna Williams Today, nearly half of all residents of U.S. cities live in a middle neighborhood. It’s not a place where real estate is hot, where prices skyrocket and cause displacement. Nor is it a […]

Des Moines’ $4.5 million revitalization program limited to 4 neighborhoods

September 22nd, 2018 | Des Moines Register By Austin Cannon Des Moines plans to launch a $4.5 million pilot program to help neighborhoods buy nuisance properties, demolish decaying homes and make other revitalization improvements. The catch: It would only be available in four of the city’s 52 neighborhoods. That has some residents worried the program could further the […]