Community Development and Place-Based Neighborhood Change

Larry M. Gant

in A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change

Published in print July 2017 | ISBN: 9780190463311
Published online July 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190463342 | DOI:
Community Development and Place-Based Neighborhood Change

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Abstract: This chapter describes the model of community development used by the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Technical Assistance Center (UMSSW/TAC). The chapter presents a definition and description of community development as a distinct model of community practice. The chapter discusses the goals of community development, core values and principles of community development. The chapter summarizes the role of place based initiatives in community development. The limits and challenges of discerning the evidence base of the effectiveness of community development are reviewed, and an emerging perspective of possibilities of evidence based community development is outlined. The chapter ends with thoughtful considerations about the tactical use of community development within municipal communities during Detroit’s more recent times of turbulent economic, financial and political change.

Keywords: community development; place-based community development; urban planning; university-community partnerships; evaluation of urban community development programs; Detroit neighborhoods

Chapter.  5488 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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