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Rethinking neighborhood progress

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/07 @ 3:11pm

Looking for ways to convert Cleveland's goal of a "city of choice" into action, Neighborhood Progress, Inc. shifted part of its community development efforts from the city at-large down to specific blocks. NPI already supported the building or renovation of thousands of homes and channeled millions into neighborhood development, it just wanted to be more strategic about how it helps Cleveland neighborhoods recover. NPI's shift is reflected in its Cleveland Strategic Investment Initiative, which winnowed its support from dozens of community development corporations (CDCs) to, currently, just six. The focus is on physical improvements with anchor developments and spreading the recovery to the surrounding neighborhood with home repairs, landscaping, street redesigns and new green spaces.

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