21 Days of Questions 365 Days of Action

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 9:17am

This October, in partnership with DUSP Professor Ceasar McDowell, the City of Cambridge will begin a revolutionary new outreach and education campaign against Domestic Violence. The project asks: What would happen if every one of us in Cambridge started to talk about Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and different forms of Abuse in Relationships? What if YOU, your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers could be part of a whole new way of creating community change: by asking questions to mobilize action?

Despite Obstacles, Considerable Potential Exists for More Robust Federal Policy on Community Development and Health

Submitted by Xavier de Souza Briggs on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:44pm

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Obama administration’s urban policy create an opportunity to link community development with health in new and powerful ways. New federal programs, such as the Affordable Care Act’s Community Transformation Grants, seek to prevent death and disability through policy, environmental, programmatic, and infrastructure changes. But fragmented congressional jurisdiction and budget “scoring” rules pose challenges to needed reform.

Urban Policy Next

Submitted by Xavier de Souza Briggs on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:40pm

Written during the Fall 2008 Presidential campaign season, this essay explains why the conventional way of thinking about and pursuing "urban policy" is myopic and broken--and what America should do instead. What would smarter "place policy" look like, and where should we start?

Democracy as Problem Solving Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 4:35pm

Complexity, division, mistrust, and "process paralysis" can thwart leaders and others when they tackle local challenges. In Democracy as Problem Solving, Xavier de Souza Briggs shows how civic capacity—the capacity to create and sustain smart collective action—can be developed and used. In an era of sharp debate over the conditions under which democracy can develop while broadening participation and building community, Briggs argues that understanding and building civic capacity is crucial for strengthening governance and changing the state of the world in the process.

Struggling to stay out of high-poverty neighborhoods: housing choice and locations in moving to opportunity's first decade

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 4:28pm

Improving locational outcomes emerged as a major policy hope for the nation's largest low-income housing program over the past two decades, but a host of supply and demand-side barriers confront rental voucher users, leading to heated debate over the importance of choice versus constraint. In this context, we examine the Moving to Opportunity experiment's first decade, using a mixed-method approach.

Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 4:25pm

Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs.