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Does Placemaking Lead to Gentrification?

Last month during a MIplace Placemaking Curriculum training, one of the attendees asked, “Does placemaking lead to gentrification?” We put this question to some of the MIplace partners and they came back with two very good articles published last month. We added the first article for a little background on gentrification if you are not...

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Scooter Returns: LIHTC, CDBG, EITC, Section 8

In 2011, a paper stick figure named Scooter revitalized an abandoned school in his neighborhood with Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Today that video is one of CEDAM’s most popular because it is an easy way for members to show new staff, interns, AmeriCorps members and others what LIHTC is and how it works. We...

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The Bright Side Features Shelter

What happens when a family suddenly needs a new place to live? Last month we had a chance to visit and collect success stories from some of our members and other organizations that provide emergency shelter and housing in Michigan. Introduction by Anne Grantner, Executive Director at Shelter of Flint[watch now] This episode begins at the...

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Giving Back – MLK Day of Service

Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communications and Training Specialist An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Hope. In the face of adversity, Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life devoted to change: change in the...

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Leveraging strategy to amplify education initiatives

On Oct. 3, I’ll have the opportunity to speak at the seventh annual NACEDA (National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations) Summit. Hosted by the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, the theme is “What’s Working?” Considering the NACEDA Summit is taking a road trip for the first time in seven years, it’s only appropriate the group...

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