Building Community Ownership in Neighborhood Revitalization

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2005


On August 18-20, 2004, teams from three Casey Making Connections sites in Atlanta, Georgia; Louisville, Kentucky; and Oakland, California participated in a peer technical assistance match with staff and partners of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, California. The visiting Casey sites are all at different stages of developing economic revitalization plans and are particularly interested in assuring that residents play a leadership role in their efforts. The purpose: to exchange information, experience, and ideas about community ownership in neighborhood revitalization projects.

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Key Takeaway

A new set of tools helped to give communities a sense of responsibility and to catalyze sustainable change.

The journey that led to the Market Creek story began with the Jacobs Family Foundation's realization in the early 1990s that the structure an tools of foundations were not helping to change the sense of dependency and disrespect in underinvested communities, nor were they contributing to sustainable change.

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