Useful Community Development: What's New

Here are the most recent important changes to our website, including new articles, visitor questions, and editors' answers. You'll also find links to significantly revised pages and time-sensitive or short items we want to bring to your attention. Sometimes we also add short items of interest, especially time-sensitive notes about conferences, webinars, or seasons.

What should we do about an ugly bioswale?

April 19, 2024 Visitor Question: Our town wanted to have some better flood control along a creek that is ordinarily very small. The problem is that

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Project Selection in Neighborhood Associations

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Many neighborhood associations should limit their activities to sharpen their focus. However, some community organizations need more projects to add excitement.

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Gentrification in City Neighborhoods, Its Causes and Effects

Gentrification is the process of neighborhoods becoming unaffordable to those who currently live there. This page shows strategies to prevent displacement.

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Learn How Neighborhood Plans Lead to Clarity and Action

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Neighborhood plans work wonders if you need to solidify residents or your city around specific goals. Find out what it takes to prepare one.

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How can we reduce minor traffic accidents in the neighborhood?

Visitor Question: The craziest thing is happening around here. In the last couple of years we are having way too many fender benders in our neighborhood.

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Strip Mall Redevelopment: A Current and Future Land Use Challenge

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Strip mall redevelopment will increase in importance for residents and neighborhoods, as vacancy rates and suburban blight increase. Read what to do next.

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Code officer ignores my written complaints

Visitor Question: A wealthy and gregarious neighbor has SCHMOOZED the code officer into looking the other way on his development. I have filed several

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Useful Community Development Newsletter Archive

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The Useful Community Development Plus newsletter archive contains back issues featuring original articles and resources for neighborhood and city leaders.

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What are some transportation strategies for the disabled

Visitor Question: What are some of the best ways for communities to address the transportation needs of people who are disabled, or differently abled?

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Spring Newsletter Ideas to Brighten Up Your Neighborhood Messaging

These spring newsletter ideas are clustered into eleven themes to make your neighborhood e-mail composition chores easier.

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High Cost of Flood Insurance Is Ruining Our Neighborhood

Visitor Question: The cost of flood insurance has just about tripled in the last year around where I live. We did have a destructive flash flood that was

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What does blue infrastructure mean?

Visitor Question: At our town's zoning commission meeting, I heard some visiting big shot talk about how we need to preserve and enhance our blue infrastructure.

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How Can We Get Young People Interested in Voting?

Visitor Question: Our little suburb has been plagued with some terrible elected city council people for several years now. Every time there is an election

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Higher Education and Economic Development Agencies Can Partner

A community can rev up the links between higher education and economic development. Here are some ideas about how.

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Condo Conversion Zoning or Regulation Questions for Cities

Condo conversion zoning or alternate approval process should focus on both good development practice and preventing displacement to the extent possible.

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