In many cities, up to forty percent of residents live in middle neighborhoods, representing a major source of municipal fiscal health. Middle neighborhoods are a category of neighborhoods that are neither clearly healthy and thriving, nor overtly distressed. These neighborhoods, moreover, are not adequately serviced by the market or supportive public policies, nor are they beneficiaries of large-scale philanthropic support. As a result, in the face of colliding demographic, socio-economic, and market changes in cities and regions across the country, middle neighborhoods are steadily disappearing.
Around the nation, policymakers, community leaders, and researchers are mobilizing a groundswell of support to reverse this trend. Early results thus far are promising. Owing to the efforts of growing community of practice, there has been substantial progress documenting and sharing strategic interventions that stabilize and strengthen middle neighborhoods. One such effort is our upcoming second working group meeting, “Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods,” held on November 13th-14th, 2018 in Cleveland, OH, following our first meeting in Baltimore and the publication of On The Edge (2016).
Organizations that have worked to broaden the typical range of community development services, offering services and resources that help to stabilize neighborhoods for current and future residents are listed below.