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Neighborhood recovery : reinvestment policy for the new hometown
Kromer, John, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2000]

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x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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HT175 .K76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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How can we help distressed neighborhoods recover from a generation of economic loss and reposition themselves for success in today's economy? While many have proposed solutions to the problems of neighborhoods suffering from economic disinvestment, John Kromer has actually put them to work successfully as Philadelphia's housing director. Part war story, part how-to manual, and part advocacy for more effective public policy, Neighborhood Recovery describes how a blending of public-sector leadership and community initiative can bring success to urban communities. Kromer's framework for neighborhood recovery addresses issues such as

· neighborhood strategic planning

· home ownership and financing

· the role of community-based organizations

· public housing

· work-readiness and job training for neighborhood residents

· housing for homeless people and others with specialized needs

· the importance of advocacy in influencing and advancing

neighborhood reinvestment policy.

Neighborhood Recovery presents a policy approach that cities can use to improve the physical condition of their neighborhoods and help urban residents compete for good jobs in the metropolitan economy. Kromer's experience in Philadelphia reveals challenges and opportunities that can decisively influence the future of neighborhoods in many other American cities.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Despite its promising title and multiple chapters, this book is limited to a lengthy case study of Philadelphia's experiences with neighborhood reinvestment strategies during the two terms that Edward G. Rendell served as mayor (1992-2000). Kromer, Rendell's director of housing, was in a unique position to evaluate that administration's successes in neighborhood revitalization, although the longer-term impact of those ventures will not be apparent for years. Despite the lack of maps, diagrams, and sufficient photos, policy and planning professionals will find much of interest. However, those untrained in policy making and public administration will not only find this book tedious reading but will also discover that it pays too little attention to the broader issues of neighborhood development that could be applied to other cities. Not surprisingly, only three pages of notes accompany the text, with most referring to the popular press or obscure government reports. In retrospect, this book could have made a far greater contribution to the urban studies literature had the publisher encouraged Kromer to find an academic coauthor to bring out the vital social-science perspectives on this important subject. P. O. Muller; University of Miami