In Medellin Colombia 
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Jim Capraro writes: Setting the context for the following article from Wolfgang Christian Goede
I spent the first week of February, 2015 in Medellín,Colombia. I felt honored to be invited.

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In London
Adjacent to the Shoreditch High Street transit “tube station”, entrepreneur Roger Wade and developers Hammerson and Ballymore have taken the concept of pop-up stores to a level not seen before. On a recent trip to London’s Shoreditch community, I visited “BOXPARK,” advertised as the world’s first pop-up mall. 

InTrust • from the FabianReview

In the United Kindom

The planning system enables developers and landowners to make large profits while the public sector strugles with ingrastructure costs and making homes affordable. Any new housebuilding policy should keep control over land and retain its value for the public good argue Steve Bendle and Pat Conaty.  Read the Fabian Review Article Here


For my entire career in community development I have held the belief in family as the structure that embodies the values that allows individuals and entire communities to succeed and be positive contributors to our society. My spiritual beliefs, work ethic and service to the poor were nurtured by my mother and father in our family. Those values have guided my work and are an anchor to everything I do in both my personal and professional life.
I grew up in the barrio in South Phoenix, although when I was young I didn’t think of it as a poor community. 

Lyneir Richardson is the Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) at Business School of Rutgers University
This article was originally published on the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development website.
In the City Heights section of San Diego, El Cajon Boulevard is a work in process. On any given day, more than 35 different languages and dialects can be heard in the community. That may even be an understatement, as more than 60 percent of residents of the area are foreign born. As one of the country’s largest refugee resettlement areas, it truly is an international village.

“Small business” is often trumpeted as the miracle cure for employment and job creation.A closer look at the numbers shows a more complicated picture, and confirms that a comprehensive approach is needed even for the single goal of boosting employment in community development plans.

A community’s goals for development frequently include increasing the income of its residents. This makes perfect sense since the benefits of more income ripple through a neighborhood or a region. It is widely acknowledged that higher incomes correlate to greater family stability, attraction of new businesses, improved health and safety, higher educational attainment, increased tax bases for infrastructure and schools, and so on.

Ah, the power of listening.  We teach that the only way to truly engage someone is by listening to them.  If you invest 17 minutes in listening to Ernesto Sirolli I guarantee it will be worth your time.

Jim Capraro      


Originally posted on April 4, 2013 at: - Ted Wysocki is the former North Branch Works CEO

March 30, 2013 marked the 12th anniversary of the 2001 incorporation of the Local Economic and Employment Development Council as an independent corporation. In June of 2012, we celebrated our original founding in 1982 as an affiliate of the New City YMCA (now still a vacant lot at Clybourn & Halsted) with a new brand. Now doing business as North Branch Works, as we continued to build upon our 30-year history of integrating economic and employment development to connect industry and community in Chicago’s North River and Addison Industrial Corridors.

I was in DC the week March 20th to attend the 2013 annual conference of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, for which I am a long-serving board director.  The theme of the conference was – A Just Economy: Building Community Prosperity from the Ground Up.  I had the opportunity to share our work in a workshop on Building Economically Sustainable Communities.

Originally written in German, this article has been translated by Google Translator
(for original german text click on the German flag in the upper right) 

Attract citizens for engagement and par-ticipation in urban development: land and down the country on the same goal. Round tables, investment projects, residents meetings, volunteer fairs - it was and is not only made a lot, but also intensively evaluated and researched. And yet the question of how citizen-community commitment to long-term success, not answered contain it.


Only recently was re-launched a new research project in August 2013 (BBSR 2013). It will examine, among other things, the requirements on the part of volunteers in civic engagement in the district be-are and what conditions civic engagement in neighborhood development bene-term. 

This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce website.

To truly help a neighborhood you need a lead agency to organize, plan, and coordinate many actors.

When I hear the “debate” regarding whether CDCs should work “comprehensively,” and whether comprehensive work is or should be “fundable,” it makes me smile.

For 35 years I served as the executive director of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation—a place-based, geo-bounded, nonprofit neighborhood CDC working on the southwest side of Chicago. From the day I started the job on Jan. 15, 1976, I knew we would be working comprehensively (although, at the time, we never used that word).

This article originally appeared on the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development website.

Chapter 1 — How can folks get more money?

A long time ago, a colleague and I were working in a very poor neighborhood in Chicago.
At one point, he turned to me and said, “There aren’t many problems here that wouldn’t be helped greatly if folks had more money.”
In the scores of neighborhoods I have worked with across the country, the ingredients are all the same array of program/issue areas which include work around housing, education, safety, job readiness, health, financial literacy, and many, many more. In our comprehensive community development work we say everything is important.  Or maybe, all of the right things, for the given community, are important.
Yes, the ingredients are the same.  But, in each and every neighborhood, the recipe is different. Finding the right mix of strategic work for these people, in this place, at this time is the key to success.  That is what quality-of-life planning is really all about.