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The People & Places project encourages adaption, transformation and inspiration in emerging neighborhoods across America. In March 2015, community development practitioners converged in Washington, DC for the People & Places Conferences − the most diverse and inclusive community development community development conference in more than a decade. The conference inspired this ongoing series of blogs about local practitioners changing places and empowering people.

Playing Matchmaker for UnitedHealthcare and an Arizona Neighborhood

Pedro ConsPedro Cons of Chicanos Por La Causa "shot for the moon" and launched a stellar partnership with UnitedHealthcare that's improving homes, health, and opportunity in Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood.

September 30, 2016

From Guard Towers to Gardens

Pam Koprowski and Vin TufoVincent Tufo of Charter Oaks Communities and Pam Koprowski of Stamford Hospital forged a partnership in Stamford, Connecticut – the Vita Health & Wellness District. As the Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to play a role in preventing disease, Vita stands out as a national model. 

July 8, 2016

Generating Neighborhood Power in North Toledo, Ohio

terry glazer thumbnailTerry Glazer combined people power and the might of the media to revitalize neglected North Toledo neighborhoods. 

June 15, 2016

Importing a Powerful Engine for Economic Development

Ramon Leon LEDC MinneapolisRamón León of the Latino Economic Development Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota developed a Mercado, sparking entrepreneurship and revitalizing a neighborhood.

August 4, 2015

A Personal Investment in North Charleston

Dorothea Bernique of Increasing Hope

Dorothea Bernique of Increasing HOPE in North Charleston, South Carolina, uses financial education to prevent predatory lending and foreclosure, stabilize neighborhoods.

June 22, 2015

Thwarting Payday Lenders At the Texas Border

Nick Mitchell-Bennett Community Loan CenterNick Mitchell-Bennett of the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, Texas developed an alternative to payday lending that's going national.

   April 27, 2015

21 Blocks On the Rebound

Leigh Evans

Leigh Evans of the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation addressed blight and abandonment to revitalize her Indianapolis, Indiana neighborhood.

March 9, 2015