Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Evaluating neighborhoods in terms of assets of all kinds

I forgot to mention the Asset Based Community Development Institute in my post yesterday. Their approach is based on looking at people and communities in terms of assets and skills and gifts rather than from the standpoint of deficits and needs.

This document explains the basic process, Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization's Capacity, and the Capacity Inventory is the kind of tool they use to get people and organizations to rethink what they have and how to contribute.

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