Community Development
Creates Great Neighborhoods

Community development in your neighborhood, town, or city is a term we use for the fascinating work of creating better communities bit by bit. The partners who have participated in writing this site are all seasoned urban planning professionals who enjoy helping you improve your particular geographic place on this earth.

Our goal is to talk about common neighborhood issues with uncommon candor, a  point of view, and a sense of humor.  If you're impatient, please search the site right away:

Community improvement concepts and specifics here are practical for those who find themselves appointed or elected to a planning commission, board of adjustment, town council, neighborhood association board, or water district board, for example.

We're ruthless about pointing out the silliest things that are recommended to everyone from mayors to small town chambers of commerce for community economic development.

We're not very interested in theories about city planning or urban development, but we do try to explain the jargon that professionals use so you can apply your common sense to the advice you receive.

We're conversational in sharing our experience and research.

Community Improvement Topics Found Here

Please explore the site. Some of you need our very broad definition of community development, which perhaps you associate more narrowly with just housing policy.

If you want to begin with comparatively simple community development projects, you could try some community beautification. Perhaps you want to form community organizations, or make them more effective. We can help with that not-so-simple project.

Almost everyone is concerned about economic development. We try our best to persuade you to concentrate on real increase in the community's net income inflow.  Unemployment or poverty may increase the need to work on crime prevention too.

You will benefit from sound, but not slick, city planning, which many people associate with land use zoning. We try to simplify that complex topic, while explaining where code enforcement fits in.  Some places frown on zoning, favoring deed restrictions or private covenants instead.

You might want to know about us, as they say on the web, or you might want to even contact us

To contribute or argue back (we haven't had much of that yet--we would welcome it), you can add to the community development ideas or ask a community development question.

And to see what's new, go on over to the so-called blog, which is really a list of recently added pages.

Last and importantly, we've included a group of pages about environmental sustainability because many neighborhood associations and city governments are talking about how to address these issues locally. Chief among worthwhile strategies may be stemming suburban sprawl and tackling redevelopment.

Let's get started.  Logical thinkers, check out the sitemap.