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  • Immigrants and Neighborhood Vitality

    Immigrants and Neighborhood Vitality

    By evaluating demographic and business data, and studying the immigration patterns and practices in three cities, analysts discovered that immigrants are meaningfully contributing to economic revitalization by setting-up shop along abandoned 'Main Street' commercial corridors.

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  • Expressing Love of Place through Public Art

    Expressing Love of Place through Public Art

    For a Valentine's Day treat, we are showcasing a program dedicated to finding out what residents love most about their neighborhoods, and representing that love through public art. By reaching out to people, Stephen Powers and his crew discover what's great about a community, and capture that spirit with art signage.

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  • Equitable Development – Making Sure Low-Income Residents Aren’t Left Behind

    Equitable Development – Making Sure Low-Income Residents Aren’t Left Behind

    To support the advancement of equitable development, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia recently presented a framework developed by students that helps communities build equity into their revitalization strategies, as well as the work of an equity-driven non-profit.

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  • Putting Pedestrians First – The San Diego Mobility Plan

    Putting Pedestrians First – The San Diego Mobility Plan

    Multi-model transportation systems offer residents more choice, increase health, and are good for the environment. Their popularity continues to grow, and San Diego is one of the latest converts. They have laid out a layered transportation model that puts pedestrians first.

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  • Taking Charge -- From Blight to Bright

    Taking Charge -- From Blight to Bright

    The residents of Elkhart, Indiana, have teamed together to restore a historic building, as well as find a purpose for the structure that helps neighborhood youth. The building is now home to the 'Summer Academy,' a volunteer-run program that offers students a variety of classes during the summer months.

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  • From Dumping Ground to Destination – Making Better Use of Alleys

    From Dumping Ground to Destination – Making Better Use of Alleys

    Alleyways are a ubiquitous presence in many communities, and are traditionally used for trash pick-up or parking. Over the past few years, planners have started to reimagine a new roll for these alleyways that incorporates a number of smart growth strategies.

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  • ‘Shared Value’ - Partnering with Anchor Institutions for Mutual Benefit

    ‘Shared Value’ - Partnering with Anchor Institutions for Mutual Benefit

    Meaningful partnerships between 'anchor institutions' and the neighborhoods they call home can yield benefits for both. In recognition of this promise, Stabilize has collected a variety of resources to help communities maximize their relationships with these institutions.

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  • Decorative Boarding – Keeping Abandoned Properties Safe, Artistically!

    Decorative Boarding – Keeping Abandoned Properties Safe, Artistically!

    The presence of even one or two abandoned properties on a block can significantly contribute to neighborhood decline. Christopher Toepfer, founder of The Neighborhood Foundation, offers a cost-friendly, artistic solution to the vacancy problem - Decorative Boarding.

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  • Watch Our NEW Neighborhood Marketing Program Video

    Watch Our NEW Neighborhood Marketing Program Video

    The video highlights the work of three Neighborhood Marketing Program participants and their work to change external perceptions and bolster resident confidence in their neighborhoods.

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  • Find Grant Opportunities on Our Events Page!

    Find Grant Opportunities on Our Events Page!

    In an effort to make our site into a clearinghouse for the best resources from the community stabilization field, we have added grant opportunities to our events page!

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Designing a Place-Based Plan for StabilizationLearn about a logical series of steps in designing a place-based plan for stabilization, including strategic partnerships, market analysis, eight categories of stabilization strategies, and more.

Beyond Stabilization: Strategies for Sustainable CommunitiesAll communities impacted by foreclosures also have a unique opportunity, in the midst of crisis, to rethink what they want to become over the long term and establish new directions. Learn about comprehensive planning here.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) StrategiesThe NSP program is the centerpiece of funding for many stabilization responses. Learn about NSP and how others are using it effectively here.

PolicyStabilization responses must include strategies to reshape policy at the local, state and national level to effect real change. Learn about these approaches here.

TrainingMany new and exciting training opportunities are available to help practitioners and policymakers craft and deliver effective stabilization strategies. Learn about classroom and online training here.