Cleveland 2018 – Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods

“Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods” was an invitation-only working group meeting that brought together the growing movement of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers dedicated to stabilizing “on the edge” neighborhoods around the country. The agenda featured new research as well as new tactics to mobilize support nationally. Designed to accommodate a robust response to an open call for session proposals, the agenda prioritized peer sharing and training opportunities as well as spontaneous self-organized workshops on topics of mutual interest. A major focus of the meeting was on identifying pathways to broaden and deepen the middle neighborhoods movement. Also important was demonstrating how middle neighborhoods stabilization can reinforce inclusive development and racial equity, in Cleveland and nationally.

The meeting was built from several years of activities organized to:

  • Help practitioners, policymakers, and advocates active in the fields of city governance, city planning and community development understand that improving neighborhoods is a distinct area of practice, research, and investment.
  • Build public awareness and understanding, including bipartisan support, around the important role middle neighborhoods play in stabilizing communities and the urban economy.
  • Create long-term initiatives and partnerships to advance the field of middle neighborhood improvement.

View the agenda here.

A short summary of the working group meeting in Cleveland is available here

The summary report from the first working group meeting in Baltimore (Nov. 2017) is here.

Partners for the Cleveland working group meeting included The American Assembly, The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, NeighborWorks America, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, and Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Sponsors for the panel discussion and reception held on Nov. 13 at a community location included the George Gund Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, and Third Federal Savings & Loans.

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Meeting Resources

Below are resources for participants in the “Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods” working group meeting held in Cleveland, OH on November 13th-14th, 2018:

General Information

Research Papers and Presentation

Breakout Presentations

Lighting Talk Presentations

Featured Press & News

Below are links to featured middle neighborhoods press and media coverage.

Click here for a complete list of middle neighborhood media coverage to date.