Like a lot of life’s journeys, the best path to follow is not always clear. Such was the journey of the Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI), Casey’s first attempt in the 1990s at a comprehensive community change project when no one had fully figured out the best way to rebuild long-neglected, impoverished communities. This paper captures the trials, tribulations and lessons learned from RCI participants after eight years of RCI planning and implementation.   

February 24, 2002

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    6 critical areas of change for neighborhood revitalization.

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    6 major lessons learned over the course of the project.

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    Why neighborhood and “place” matter.

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    The nuts and bolts of RCI implementation.

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    How resident engagement became a key strategy.

Key Takeaway

Benefits of Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI)

When asked to identify the single greatest accomplishment of RCI, the vast majority of participants described the increased involvement, capacity, power and influence of residents. This resident engagement piece was not even listed as a critical asset at the beginning of the initiative, but many RCI participants saw it as the key to achieveing the others. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations