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Restoring Confidence to Neighborhoods in the Middle

OCTOBER 14, 2010 - 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM ET

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio

Middle neighborhoods are the critical strategic battleground for cities hoping to retain and attract the working- and middle-class households essential for urban survival. These still vital neighborhoods urgently need thoughtful intervention to reverse growing disinvestment pressures. In recent years, practitioners have learned that strategies that focus on the central goal of building confidence are powerful tools for revitalizing neighborhoods, enabling them to compete effectively for the investment choices of homebuyers and responsible investors. Confidence-building strategies can also further social equity and build a better quality of life for all neighborhood residents. In this session we’ll explore the underpinnings of these strategies and how they are being implemented in large cities and small towns around the country.

Speakers: Eric Ameigh, City of Geneva, NY; John Bridger, Community Impact of Chattanooga; Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress/The Brookings Institution; Johnette A. Richardson, Belair-Edison Neighborhood Inc.

This seminar is part of the National Vacant Properties Campaign annual conference, Reclaiming Vacant Properties, October 13-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.