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By Michael Gecan

ISBN-10: 0262013606

ISBN-13: 9780262013604

An established group organizer outlines how to opposite the fifty-year decline in social mobility and monetary development.

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And the revival of the housing stock is in its 30th year, if you count, as IAF does, the work of CPC in Washington Heights as the starting point. Each improvement was led by a mix of leaders. The overwhelming majority came from the civic or voluntary sector and from the government sector (both elected officials, but, as or more importantly, able administrators in the housing, transit, and pubmichael gecan  lic safety fields). The private sector could point to an occasional participant, but, by and large, it lagged the other two sectors by a large margin.

D. Robbins and the current general manager of the effort, Ron Waters. These two construction professionals helped facilitate and oversee the extraordinarily difficult and complex rebuilding effort. Another significant ally was the CPC, which provided invaluable technical assistance and financial support. Each of these allies was not “local” in the same sense that the East Brooklyn organization was. The local congregational and community leaders had to have the confidence necessary to identify and trust talented people from other spheres.

The renewal of most of the failed cities of the failed state of Ohio—Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland, Youngstown, Sandusky, Lorain, and many others—depends on men and women who live in and care about those cities. But they will need to relate to leaders well beyond their own towns. And they will need to become a kind of ad hoc economic strategy team for their area, for their state, and for the struggling Midwestern region. A third conclusion is that this work will require a new set of allies and partners if it is to succeed.

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