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Chapters Include:

Flashback: An Era of Unproven Possibility

City Policy on Neighborhood Development: The Early Years

Tribute: James G. Banks

The Death and Life of Columbia Heights

Tribute: Robert L. Moore

In Washington Soil, LISC Grows a National Model

A Renaissance on Minnesota Avenue

Tribute: Lloyd D. Smith

Banks Discover Profit in Neighborhood Development

Tribute: Karen Kollias

The Awakening of H Street

The Rise and Fall of the Neighborhood Development Assistance Program

The Forces of Philanthropy Rally Around Community Development

Tribute: W. Retta Gilliam

Protecting Renters, Promoting Homeownership: The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act

Tribute: Madeleine C. McCullough

Resurrecting the Whitelaw Hotel

Tribute: Jim Dickerson

The Washington Post Comments on Community Development

Restoring Quality — and Life — to Edgewood Terrace

Neighborhood Development Coalitions Find Their Voice

Circles of New Life Around the Parklands

Tribute: W. Christopher Smith, Jr.

The Long, Slow Road to a Dedicated Fund for Housing

Tribute: Charlene Drew Jarvis

Conclusion: A Look Back, and Ahead

Becoming What We Can Be

Stories of Community Development in Washington, DC 

A book about how Washington DC's neighborhoods emerged from the shadows of the 1960's and 70's and some of the trailblazers that led the way. 

Read why the Washington Post, the Hill is Home, and Greater Greater Washington recommend this book.


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The following 9 Community Development Trailblazers are honored in the book: