Entries by Mark Leneker

Search for a New Middle Neighborhoods Project Director in Cleveland

January 10, 2019 The Middle Neighborhoods Project Director will lead the Middle Neighborhoods Initiative for the Cleveland Community Development Corporation (CCDC) and report to the City of Cleveland’s Community Development Director. To create a mixed income, middle class city, Cleveland needs to foster the development of neighborhoods that appeal to families and that are affordable […]

Setting the Stage to Revive America’s Middle Neighborhoods

November 19, 2018 | Next City By Alan Mallach Author Alan Mallach analyzes the challenges of changing demographics, aging housing stock and increased income inequality in America’s legacy cities, particularly for African-American neighborhoods in those cities. The dramatic rise of American industry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries drew millions of workers into U.S. cities, […]

Support Middle Neighborhoods with a Federal Investment in Home Rehab

November 7, 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 4, 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 17, 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 26, 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 24, 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 […]