A Neighborhood Improvement Journal - Summer 2021


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Neighborhood Improvement – Items of Interest



Cool Block Shows How Neighborhoods Can Create Climate Resilience

Cool City Challenge is a program of the Empowerment Institute, a consulting and training organization that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of cities. The group also runs Cool Block, an initiative that helps neighbors connect with each other, share resources, and collaborate on climate and disaster resilience projects.





The “Missing Middle” Affordable Housing Solution


Most developers and cities are building new housing for city living, but few, if any, are building housing for neighborhood living. Missing Middle Housing provides a critical middle solution: affordable-by-design workforce housing that helps meet the demand for walkable neighborhood living.





How to Welcome and Engage People in Community Spaces


Why do some community spaces thrive while others struggle or fail? A lot of it comes down to how people are welcomed.





Moving from Pop-ups to Permanent


Can pop-up parks and public space projects trigger investment in new public parks?  Is there a role for community-generated projects in the formal planning process?




Little Free Library Launches 'Action Book Club' to Inspire Community Service

The Action Book Club is like any other book club in that it brings people together to read and discuss books — what makes it unique is that it encourages its members to take a positive action in their communities.






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