Redeveloping a neighborhood is like baking a cake. In the same way that a baker assembles all the right ingredients for a cake, neighborhood leaders must assemble all the right ingredients to realize success in their project. Leaving out an ingredient or missing a step could be a recipe for disaster.
You can’t do much economic development with $1,000. But if you can persuade 100 businesses to each contribute $1,000 a year toward such work, much can be accomplished. Just ask the folks in Jonesboro, in northeastern Arkansas.
Can neighborhoods be revitalized with a touch of flair? Read how leaders in two urban neighborhoods, in Memphis and St. Louis, and two rural areas, in Mississippi and Illinois, have pumped new life into their communities through arts and entertainment.
Life went from bad to worse Feb. 6 when about 70 people came to the Memphis Central Library to participate in a serious game of finances. They were all there to find out one thing: Could they avoid bankruptcy?
Memphis' Cooper Young neighborhood is an example of a community development initiative that meets both housing and economic development needs.