ERIC Number: ED458312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood Transformation Initiative: Lessons Learned about Community Building and Implementation.
Brown, Prudence; Butler, Benjamin; Hamilton, Ralph
This report documents results of Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood Transformation (NT) Initiative, focusing on key decisions that helped shape the initiative. NT was one of the first attempts to systematically bring together diverse strands of thinking about comprehensive community change to overcome conditions that undermine impoverished communities. NT's partners (the mayor, the residents, and the Enterprise Foundation) focused the vision for change on eight key areas: physical development, economic development, health, education, family support, substance abuse, crime and safety, and community pride and spirit. Data for this report come from interviews, focus groups, review of relevant documents, and on-site observations. The lessons learned from the NT experience include: build on deep understanding of the neighborhood; invest in community capacity early; generate belief in ownership of the change; specify the rules of engagement; consider partnership with the public sector; embed community building in every activity; balance funding against pace and priorities; build residents' economic self-sufficiency; and use neighborhood-focused intermediaries to change systems. Abiding challenges include: altering the balance of power; acknowledging issues of race and class; showing respect; honoring residents' competence as leaders; and harnessing the community's spiritual strength. (SM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Community Change, Community Development, Elementary Education, Neighborhood Improvement, Poverty, Program Development, Program Evaluation, School Effectiveness, Urban Areas, Urban Renewal
Annie E. Casey Foundation, 701 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Web site: http://www.aecf.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Enterprise Foundation, Columbia, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland (Baltimore)