September/October 2000


Publications and Resources

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New Arrivals

Better Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community. Eben Fodor. New Society Publishers, 1999. 176pp. $14.95. (Order it!)

This book challenges the "myth" that growth is good for cities. The author argues that while the costs of growth are shouldered by the masses, the benefits fall only on the few. Those invested in real estate, construction, and banking divert public resources to growth for their own benefit. Fodor goes on to suggest ways in which citizens can disrupt the growth machine.

Locked in the Poorhouse: Cities, Race, and Poverty in the United States. Fred R. Harris and Lynn A. Curtis (ed.) Rowman & Littlefield, 1998. 188pp. $24.95. (Order it!)

The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation has released this 30-year follow-up to the 1968 Kerner Commission. The foundation finds that modern cities are isolating minorities in a world of crime and underemployment. The Kerner Commission's famous prediction, that the U.S. is moving toward, "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal," is echoed in this study, which calls for a recommitment to programs focused on equality.

Almost Home: America's Love-Hate Relationship with Community. David L. Kirp. Princeton University Press, 2000. 350 pp. $24.95. (Order it!)

Kirp addresses the role of community, whether for better or worse, in the lives of Americans along the lines of race, wealth, and sexuality. Stories of individual neighborhoods from across the country demonstrate which alliances survive in an age of individualism.

City Making: Building Communities Without Building Walls. Gerald E. Frug. Princeton University Press, 1999. 256 pp. $35. (Order it!)

Frug argues that zoning, redevelopment, and land use policies separate modern cities by wealth and race, often creating segregated, hostile communities. Frug presents alternatives to these policies, intended, along with changes in education and policing, to break down these barriers.

Publications and Services

Opening Doors: Adapting Housing and Substance Abuse Services to Meet the Needs of HIV/AIDS Impacted Persons, a Heartland Alliance report. Mid-America Institute on Poverty. Amy Rynell, 312-660-1349.

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University has released Insights into the Practice of Community Reinvestment Act Lending, a preliminary report from its study on the impact of the Community Reinvestment Act. 617-495-7908 (reference working paper CRA00-1, August 2000)

Youth Development: Issues, Challenges and Directions, published by Public/Private Ventures, a 324-page collection of essays developed from the Youth Development Directions Project. 215-557-4400;

Worry-Free Lobbying for Nonprofits: How to Use the 501(h) Election to Maximize Effectiveness, a handbook produced for funders and grantees by the Alliance for Justice. 202-822-6070;

Assisted Living Federation of America's 2000 Overview of the Assisted Living Industry combines results from a survey of senior housing providers with relevant information gleaned from other studies in the field. 877-253-2289;

The second edition of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators by Maureen Hart explains both sustainability and indicators, and encourages their use and the improvement indicators already in use. Hart Environmental Data. 978-975-1988;

Surviving, and Maybe Thriving, on Vouchers by Sheila Maguire is a guide for organizations making the transition to individual training accounts under the Workforce Investment Act. Public/Private Ventures. 215-557-4400;

How Should the Surplus be Used? by James Horney of The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, (CBPP).

The Foundation Directory Online Plus is a new service provided by The Foundation Center combining the organization's Foundation Directory with a searchable file of more than 100,000 grants awarded by approximately 1,000 top U.S. foundations. 212-807-3656.

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has announced the availability of data on small business, small farm, and community development lending reported by commercial banks and savings associations subject to the Community Reinvestment Act.

The Brownfields Technology Support Center, created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a new technical support service available to local, state and regional brownfields program managers. Dan Powell, EPA/Technology Innovation Office, 703-603-7196;

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