Community development in your neighborhood, town, or city is just a name for the exciting work of creating better communities one step at a time. The four of us who write for this site are all seasoned urban planning professionals who will be happy to help you improve your particular geographic place on this earth.
Our goal is to talk you through common neighborhood issues with honesty, a definite point of view, and a sense of humor. If you're impatient, you can search the site right away:
The community improvement tips and concepts 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 council, 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.
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 have ideas on that!
These days almost everyone is concerned about some form of economic development. We try our best to persuade you to concentrate on real increase in the community's net income inflow. Lingering unemployment increases the need to work on crime prevention too.
Sooner or later you'll 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.
And to see what's new, go on over to the so-called blog, which is more like a list of recent 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 apply such ideas locally. Chief among worthwhile strategies may be stemming suburban sprawl and tackling redevelopment.
Let's go. You organized types can check out the sitemap.