Rebuilding Communities from the Ground Up (2010)

The 2010 Rutgers Bloustein School Community Development Studio worked with Episcopal Community Development, a non‐profit organization in Newark, to better understand the neighborhood context of foreclosure and to consider approaches for neighborhood revitalization. The team approached the project as an opportunity to reconceptualize community development. While they focused on foreclosure, they also explored a more […]

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Rezoning NYC: Lower East Side and Coney Island (2009)

The 2009 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio explored the effects of rezoning in the Lower East Side and Coney Island in partnership with the New York Community Council (NYCC), a nonprofit coalition of organizations that is interested in better understanding the effects of rezoning in the city. NYCC asked the studio to explore how the […]

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Home Mortgage Foreclosures (2008)

The 2008 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio partnered with the Essex-Newark Foreclosure Task Force, formed in 2007 and comprised of more than 40 representatives from municipal, county, state and federal government, community organizations, attorneys, researchers, and advocates. The Studio conducted research on the extent of the foreclosure crisis and explored local, state, and federal policy interventions. […]

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Gentrification and Rezoning: Williamsburg-Greenpoint (2007)

The 2007 Rutgers Bloustein Spring Community Development Studio partnered with the New York Community Council, a coalition of advocacy organizations, that is concerned about the rapid pace of gentrification and development. The coalition asked the studio to develop a report about development subsidies, affordable housing, commercial and industrial change, and residential displacement in Williamsburg-Greenpoint. The […]

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Mortgage Market Transformations and Foreclosure (2006)

The 2006 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio worked with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, an advocacy and research organization in Newark. The Institute was concerned about rising foreclosure rates and predatory lending in communities throughout New Jersey. To learn more about foreclosure and how it affects communities, the studio considered: How substantial is […]

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Community Food Assessment of Trenton (2005)

The 2005 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio partnered with Isles, Inc., a community development corporation in Trenton that has worked with residents of Trenton for nearly a quarter century. This community development corporation provides training for at-risk youth, affordable housing, community planning, and community gardening to make families more self-sufficient. In recent years, the organization […]

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Building Community Development Capacity: New Community Corporation (2004)

The 2004 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio partnered with Newark’s New Community Corporation (NCC).  Located in Newark’s Central Ward, NCC’s size and breadth of activities set it apart from other CDCs.  NCC is involved in housing construction and management, job training, welfare-to-work training and services, retail trade, childcare, senior care, health, security, and education. NCC […]

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Mapping the Future of Community Development: Newark’s Tax Revaluation and New Community Corporation (2003)

The Spring 2003 Rutgers Community Development Studio partnered with New Community Corporation (NCC) to explore the impacts of  tax revaluation for the organization and its community. The State of New Jersey mandated the revaluation of Newark’s property base and in 2002-3, Certified Valuations, Inc. examined every property in Newark and estimated the market value of […]

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Building Community: The Work of New Community Corporation (2002)

The 2002 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio partnered with New Community Corporation (NCC) to document NCC’s history, vision, and mission. The team produced a report that highlights NCC’s comprehensiveness, strong leadership, flexibility, efforts to engage community voice, its flexibility, its strength in networking and cooperation, and its success in creating and building power. Final Report/ Syllabus

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A Health Center in West Side Park? (2001)

The Rutgers Bloustein Spring 2001 Community Development Studio partnered with Corinthian Housing Development Corporation and Tri-City Peoples Corporation to explore the potential to create a community health center. The studio marked the continuation of a five-year effort of the Rutgers Center for Urban Policy Research and the Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center in Newark’s West Side […]

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