Community Wise

Colleen Flynn and Rick Luftglass

Harlem's new health hub is really cooking

By Colleen Flynn
LISC New York City
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Rick Luftglass
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

By some measures, Harlem is booming. Storefronts that were boarded up several years ago now host upscale restaurants like Lido, 5 & Diamond, and Melba’s. Whole Foods plans to open a store on 125th Street next year. But what are the food options for the neighborhood’s longtime, low-income residents? West Harlem still has areas of extreme poverty, and many residents lack... More[+]

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Happy Holidays!

There are many reasons to celebrate the holidays. At LISC, we celebrate working with local residents and leaders dedicated to improving their community every day. Thank you to our supporters, staff and friends for another wonderful year. We look forward to a prosperous 2015.

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Building Sustainable Communities: Initial Research Results

Do investments in poor neighborhoods really make a difference? In a new study by LISC, the answer is yes. The report shows that in neighborhoods where LISC invested heavily, jobs and incomes each grew 9 percent more than in similar communities with little or no investment. Michael Rubinger, president & CEO of LISC, says this shows that LISC's approach to comprehensive community development improves the quality of life for low-income families in a significant way. "This is a real indicator that we are moving in the right direction." More[+]...

Building trust to revive neighborhoods

Philly residents and police working together

Amid heightened tensions between police and residents in recent months, it would be easy to overlook places where collaborative, community-based policing has been a positive force for change. A new article from IMG's Pop City shifts that focus. It looks at communities where neighborhood groups and law enforcement are working together to eliminate blight and attract investment as part of broader efforts to address crime. By building trust, sharing expertise and pooling resources, these long-term relationships are helping make troubled neighborhoods safer and healthier. More[+]...