The Detroit Future City (DFC) Field Guide to Working with Lots is an online tool designed to help residents and organizations to in Detroit with vacant land reclamation projects. But vacant lots are not unique to Detroit and this informative site has ideas that can inspire anyone.
In communities that have struggled with high crime for many years, local leaders know that there is no “silver bullet” solution to their challenges. Participants in the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program, administered by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), come to the program for answers about what will work to reduce crime and spur revitalization in their neighborhoods.
Building a comprehensive community initiative typically involves a process that includes key activities—engaging with residents, creating a plan, implementing that blueprint for change, communicating with residents and other stakeholders, leading a coalition of partners, and evaluating the results. This series of articles by the Institute is designed to help any group involved with LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities or a similar comprehensive initiative to think about how to approach public safety for each of those key activities.