Written by Christopher Walker of the Urban Institute, this 69-page report takes a critical look at the ways in which community development corporations (which generally are nonprofit, community-controlled real estate development organizations) have assisted in the revitalization of poor communities around the United States. Funded by the National Community Development Initiative, Walker's analysis relies heavily on ten years of research in twenty-three cities. The report itself is divided into five main sections, including the changing size and nature of community development corporations over the past decade, their leadership systems, and their support systems. After addressing his primary research question that deals with the change in the nature of these groups, Walker concludes that these organizations made strong gains over the time period examined, and that they began to pursue "more comprehensive approaches to community improvement." For those persons working in urban affairs, planning, or public policy, this paper will be both thought provoking and useful in thinking about future trends in this area.
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