Highlighted Publications

October 2014

2014

Kerry Reckdahl, "The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks," National Housing Institute , Montclair, NJ: 2014.

Destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina presented the opportunity ­— and the challenge — for New Orleans to revive its troubled public housing and integrate residents into the planning processes. This case study from the National Housing Institute describes one community development organization's efforts to build trust between displaced residents and local social service providers, and offers lessons learned for other cities struggling to revitalize their public housing. 

*NEW* Bruce Seifer, "Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Economy," Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking Journal, Boston, MA: 2014.

In the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking Journal, localist Bruce Seifer presents an excerpt from his new book that describes the shift in Burlington, Vermont's economic development strategy from one that seeks corporate subsidies to one based on building local entrepreneurship. Seifer gives an overview of the city's long-term economic vision and describes the city's efforts to convert business into employee-owned companies and to provide technical assistance to locally owned firms.

*NEW* Marissa Mommaerts , Ken White and Ben Roberts, "Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement," Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, CA: September 2014, 1-23.

The Post Carbon Institute and Collective Conversations interviewed 18 leaders, including Democracy Collaborative Communications Coordinator John Duda, for a new report on the possibilities for a new, more equitable and democratized economy. Building off of conversations from the Community Resilience and New Economy Network, the collected interviews help to connect different social movements and present creative solutions and alternatives to our current extractive economy. Full transcripts of each interview are also available online.

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz, "Forging a Transformative Vision," Shelterforce, 2014.

Building economic power through community ownership is the antidote to the systemic failures of our current system.  Gar Alperovitz's lead article in the new issue of Shelterforce explores a vision for system-changing community economic development.

*NEW* Desiree Fields, Rachel Laforest, Tony Romano, Tony Roshan Samara and Rob Call, "The Rise of the Corporate Landlord," Right To The City Alliance, Brooklyn, NY: July 2014, 1-28.

This new report from The Right to the City Alliance’s Homes for All Campaign examines how large, well capitalized, private equity firms, entering rental markets create the risk of a second housing bubble. The author, urban geographer Desiree Fields, demonstrates that the institutionalization of the single-family rental market benefits the same financial institutions behind the housing market crash of 2008, while disproportionately impacting low-income communities. She lays out a policy agenda that can promote greater diversity and broaden ownership of land and housing. 

*NEW* Mary Helen Petrus, "Committing to Their Roots: Interview with Ted Howard," Forefront: New Ideas on Economic Policy from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 2014.

Forefront interviews Ted Howard, who describes how large, so-called anchor institutions can make a difference in the high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods in which they operate. But he also says they should be ready for unintended consequences as they do.

Kerry Reckdahl, "The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks," National Housing Institute , Montclair, NJ: 2014.

Destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina presented the opportunity ­— and the challenge — for New Orleans to revive its troubled public housing and integrate residents into the planning processes. This case study from the National Housing Institute describes one community development organization's efforts to build trust between displaced residents and local social service providers, and offers lessons learned for other cities struggling to revitalize their public housing. 

*NEW* Bruce Seifer, "Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Economy," Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking Journal, Boston, MA: 2014.

In the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Communities & Banking Journal, localist Bruce Seifer presents an excerpt from his new book that describes the shift in Burlington, Vermont's economic development strategy from one that seeks corporate subsidies to one based on building local entrepreneurship. Seifer gives an overview of the city's long-term economic vision and describes the city's efforts to convert business into employee-owned companies and to provide technical assistance to locally owned firms.

*NEW* Marissa Mommaerts , Ken White and Ben Roberts, "Weaving the Community Resilience and New Economy Movement," Post Carbon Institute, Santa Rosa, CA: September 2014, 1-23.

The Post Carbon Institute and Collective Conversations interviewed 18 leaders, including Democracy Collaborative Communications Coordinator John Duda, for a new report on the possibilities for a new, more equitable and democratized economy. Building off of conversations from the Community Resilience and New Economy Network, the collected interviews help to connect different social movements and present creative solutions and alternatives to our current extractive economy. Full transcripts of each interview are also available online.

*NEW* Gar Alperovitz, "Forging a Transformative Vision," Shelterforce, 2014.

Building economic power through community ownership is the antidote to the systemic failures of our current system.  Gar Alperovitz's lead article in the new issue of Shelterforce explores a vision for system-changing community economic development.

*NEW* Desiree Fields, Rachel Laforest, Tony Romano, Tony Roshan Samara and Rob Call, "The Rise of the Corporate Landlord," Right To The City Alliance, Brooklyn, NY: July 2014, 1-28.

This new report from The Right to the City Alliance’s Homes for All Campaign examines how large, well capitalized, private equity firms, entering rental markets create the risk of a second housing bubble. The author, urban geographer Desiree Fields, demonstrates that the institutionalization of the single-family rental market benefits the same financial institutions behind the housing market crash of 2008, while disproportionately impacting low-income communities. She lays out a policy agenda that can promote greater diversity and broaden ownership of land and housing. 

*NEW* Mary Helen Petrus, "Committing to Their Roots: Interview with Ted Howard," Forefront: New Ideas on Economic Policy from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 2014.

Forefront interviews Ted Howard, who describes how large, so-called anchor institutions can make a difference in the high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods in which they operate. But he also says they should be ready for unintended consequences as they do.