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Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Using the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston's most impoverished neighborhood as a case stuudy, the authors show how effective organizing reinforces neighborhood leadership, encourages grassroots power and leads to successful public-private partnerships and comprehensive community development.--Prof. Norman Krumholz
Paperback, 346 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published 1994)
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kimberly
Mar 15, 2008 rated it liked it
super interesting, inspiring story. not so well written. worth it, though, i think.
Laura
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A little dated but alright
Nick Klagge
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was assigned for my grad school class on Community Equity and Asset Building (my favorite class of grad school to date). It details the founding and development of a grassroots group called the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in a poor neighborhood of Boston in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The author is no impartial observer but was the organization's founding executive director. As my professor cautioned, it is a "book with a soundtrack", which is to say, it is overwhe ...more
Deborah
Mar 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great look at how residents of the Dudley Street neighborhood in Roxbury challenged the typical top-down pattern of urban renewal and gentrification, instead rebuilding their community on their own terms. Nicely detailed and inspiring. If you live in and around Boston, read it - and then go visit!
Davey
Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nothing like a successful case study of community organizing to restore your faith in humanity (and a well-research history of urban disinvestment; targeted, government sponsored ghettoization; and illegal dumping to dash said face against rocks of reason.

Kudos to the folks of Dudley Street. May all communities take the stand you took, and with a similar response from government.
Colette!
Sep 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: planning, 2011
The case study is interesting and useful, and definitely a forerunner in its level of community participation, but holy crap! Will someone teach these authors about narrative? The book is very poorly written.
Paul
Apr 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very inspiring story about community organizing in Boston. It's a bit old, so it doesn't have the group's activities after 1993, but they did some amazing things, including getting the power of eminent domain from the city.
Libby
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-issues
dense and revealing.
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