Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Examination of the Long-Term Impacts of Three Comprehensive Community Initiatives
by Theodos, Brett, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2020, 228; 27665567
Abstract (Summary)

The use of community revitalization efforts has grown considerably in recent years, from federal programs to “comprehensive community” initiatives backed by philanthropic and anchor institutions. While the prevalence of these efforts has grown considerably, our knowledge of their effects has not grown commensurately. Like the communities they seek to change, comprehensive community initiatives are complex and have proven difficult to evaluate well. This dissertation explores the definition, and theory behind initiatives, their rationale for existence, and their models for operation. It assesses the impacts of three large and long-standing comprehensive community initiatives: Atlanta’s East Lake Initiative, Baltimore’s East Baltimore Development Initiative, and San Diego’s City Heights Initiative. Findings for the three interventions varied, reinforcing that local context and strategy matter when forming a place-based redevelopment effort.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brooks, Leah
Commitee: Galster, George, Wolman, Hal
School: The George Washington University
Department: Public Policy & Administration
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public policy, Public administration
Keywords: Community development, Community revitalization, Comprehensive community initiative, Gentrification, Neighborhood change, Public private partnership
Publication Number: 27665567
ISBN: 9781392651407
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