With downtowns reviving, the next challenge for cities will be to turn around declining neighborhoods. The playbook hasn’t been written yet, but we know who will be its authors: the residents.
How can a community learn from its civic projects and build on them? Does it retain knowledge and build relationships, or does it watch good ideas make a splash and evaporate?
Behind many great civic projects is a mixture of unlikely relationships and creativity. You can do some things to make the magic happen. But you also need a little luck.
If community leadership programs want to go from good to great, there’s a way. It involves keeping their graduates engaged in learning and taking on a third level of leadership training.
A new book offers the remarkable history of America’s most enduring local volunteer institution, the chamber of commerce.