Welcome to Your New Government: Can Non-Profits Run Cities?

Anna Clark

Released by Next American City, this article highlights the successes and challenges of two CDCs, Midtown Detroit, Inc. and University Circle, Inc. (UCI) of Cleveland. Faced with an unstable community, Midtown, Inc., with a revenue exceeding seven million dollars, partners with local funders, foundations, and city departments to manage over 40 projects, including new construction and rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructure.  UCI (a Cleveland Foundation partner) distributes their three million dollars towards a variety of projects, including a private police force that employs 25 officers and the operation of new bus lines.

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