A Neighborhood Improvement Journal - Summer 2021


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Neighborhood Improvement – Items of Interest



Love Your Block

The City of Boston’s Neighborhood Services Department supports mini grants to individuals or groups who need funding for neighborhood improvement projects. The site presents a model that will hopefully inspire other cities to emulate. Neighborhood activists may wish to publicize and promote this idea at the civic level.



The Neighborhood Veto and the 'Missing Middle'

Community resistance may explain why smaller apartment buildings are hard to build.



'First National Study of Neighborhood Parks' Finds Few Taking Advantage

Most neighborhood parks go relatively unused by adult populations and women, giving young children, mostly boys, the run of the place.



How London uses crowdfunding to build projects — and community

“Crowdfunding allows the actual implementation of neighborhood ideas,” says Konrad von Ritter, a consultant who’s been researching the ways cities are using the strategy.




How to Start a Tool Library in Your Community

Tool libraries, which have been around since at least the 1970s, offer communities a way to share resources that would otherwise spend the vast majority of the time sitting in drawers and garages.






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