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President Biden has announced and suggested a slew of community-building projects. Which two of these efforts do you think will have the most positive impact on addressing the racial, economic, and/or gender gaps exposed by social justice demonstrations and COVID experiences during the last year? What will it take to make these programs’ promises a reality? Do you believe these projects will be successful in the next three years, and if so, why (or why not)?
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Course Description: Our communities shape us, and we shape them. There is solid evidence and study, as well as decades of common sense, that neighborhood quality of life influences people’s career and educational possibilities, as well as
their health and life outcomes. The United States is grappling with rising income and wealth disparities that cut across geographies and neighborhoods. The same way that wealth and income do not totally identify a person, neither do they
fully describe a community. Every community has assets that should be celebrated and can be used to expand opportunities. The development of asset-based tools and processes that help communities build their strengths from within, with the help of external resources, will be a major task for future administrations in Washington and Boston. These tools and services must be built with racial, social, and gender equity at their core.
Community developers have worked for fifty years to enable residents to build better neighborhoods for themselves neighborhoods that provide opportunity and a good quality of life to everyone, including those with lower incomes and less
tangible wealth, the middle classes, and international investors who have transformed urban areas. Community-based organizations, governmental agencies, corporations and private real estate development bodies, foundations, quasi-public
entities such as transportation authorities, private individuals, social media, and cultural institutions have all contributed time, labor, and financial resources to the development of communities over the last two decades.
This course will look at the obstacles and opportunities that community developers have as they work to achieve their goals after a period of financial, political, and social upheaval. We’ll look at:
how the field has progressed since its inception in the 1960s and 1970s, and how it differs from what it was in the past;
how the field is currently organized, including the roles of community-based organizations, community development financial institutions, local, state, and federal agencies, banks, developers, universities, cultural institutions, social media, and
other stakeholders; how the field is currently organized, including the role of community-based organizations, community development financial institutions, local, state, and federal agencies, banks, developers, universities, cultural institutions,
social media, and other stakeholders;
the most important concerns and tactics in community economic development, such as community planning, community organizing, real estate development and company growth, and governmental regulations, as well as developing
innovations in the sector;
the links between community development and other sectors such as health, the environment, public safety, housing, cultural identity, new technology, and education, as influenced by the COVID-19 epidemic; and
guest lectures, readings, and (if feasible) some exploring of local neighborhoods to learn more about the very intriguing community development profession here in Boston.
This course’s lecturer has worked in law, environmental design, higher education, racial equity, and government administration. He is one of five members of the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Board of Directors. He has worked
with commercial housing developers, community development corporations, universities, cultural organizations, government agencies, and private persons who have been directly involved with community development through the Mayors’
Institute on City Design. The purpose of this course is to discuss and conduct research on the growing number of community development entities, techniques, tools, and ideals that influence American urban economic and community
development, with an emphasis on achieving accessibility, opportunity, and social justice.
Students should have a wide awareness of the key issues influencing contemporary American community development by the end of the course, and will be better prepared to work in the field. Students will gain a more nuanced understanding of the controversies in the area and begin to form their own opinions on these difficult issues, especially as new community development policies are produced at the federal and municipal levels. Finally, students will gain experience
communicating about community economic development concerns to a variety of audiences, including practitioners, policymakers, and community leaders who are not professionals.
Materials for the course.
Putting Money Into What Works in America’s Communities () http://www.whatworksforamerica.org () (????????). This book is available for purchase online. The book can be ordered for free from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco if
you want a hard copy.
Shelterforce’s weekly e-newsletter is recommended for students. http://www.rooflines.org/ () is where you can sign up. (????????)
Each week, different readings will be assigned.
The reading for this course can be found in the document below.