“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.
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Below are resources for participants in the “Building Advocacy for Middle Neighborhoods” working group meeting held in Cleveland, OH on November 13th-14th, 2018:
Research Papers and Presentation
- America’s Middle Neighborhoods: Setting the Stage for Revival (Working Paper, 2018)
- The Future of America’s Middle Neighborhoods (Policy Brief, 2018)
- Over the edge: Trajectories of African-American middle neighborhoods in St Louis since 2000 (Presentation, 2018)
- “Developing a neighborhood revitalization strategy using market data and intervention costs”
- “Advocating for a national policy to address the appraisal gap”
- “Developing key elements of a racial equity framework for middle neighborhood stabilization”
- “Possibilities for a Northeast Ohio Demonstration Project”
- “Lessons from Baltimore’s Healthy Neighborhoods Inc Program,” by Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
- “Lessons from Baltimore’s Healthy Neighborhoods Inc Program,” by Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
- “Strategies for repositioning housing stock and attracting homebuyers”
- “Tools for improving the landlord landscape for middle neighborhoods,” by the Greater Chatham Initiative
- “Tools for improving the landlord landscape for middle neighborhoods,” by the Department of Neighborhood Revitalization of Shaker Heights
Lighting Talk Presentations
- “Leveraging Park Improvements Through Public Engagement,” by Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
- Neighborhoods of Des Moines
- Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. in Baltimore
Featured Press & News
Below are links to featured middle neighborhoods press and media coverage.
- Alan Greenblatt. “The Importance (and Neglect) of America’s ‘Middle Neighborhoods,’” Governing Magazine (June 1, 2018)
- Paul Brophy and Frank Woodruff. “(The Urgent Case for) Middle Neighborhoods, One of the Most Overlooked Assets in America,” Next City (October 17, 2018)
- Oscar Perry Abello. “How a Community of Practice Makes a Difference in Middle Neighborhoods,” Next City (October 22, 2018)
- Kelly Regan and Stephanie Sung (with research by Brianna Williams). “Making the Case for America’s Middle Neighborhoods,” Next City (September 24, 2018)
- Julia Gordon and Theo Chang. “Support Middle Neighborhoods with a Federal Investment in Home Rehab,” Next City (November 7, 2018)
Click here for a complete list of middle neighborhood media coverage to date.