"Honest and intelligent. A creative response to the biggest challenge facing urban America today." -- Edward G. Rendell, mayor of Philadelphia
"Neighborhood Recovery presents a unique perspective on the problems and promise of urban American. John Kromer was a community activist who was given the opportunity to enter local government and make it work for people. His experiences help us understand better why there is hope for America's cities." -- Kurt L. Schmoke, mayor of Baltimore
From the Back Cover
How can we help distressed urban communities recover from a generation of economic loss and reposition themselves for success in today's economy? Although many have proposed solutions to the problems of neighborhoods suffering from economic disinvestment, John Kromer, in his role as Philadelphia's housing director, has actually put solutions to work. Part war story, part how-to manual, and part advocacy for more effective public policy, and community initiative can produce successful and lasting results.
Neighborhood Recovery presents a policy approach that cities can use to improve the physical condition of their neighborhoods and help urban residents compete for good jobs in the metropolitan economy. Kromer's experience in Philadelphia reveals challenges and opportunities that can decisively influence the future of neighborhoods in many other American cities.
Kromer's framework for neighborhood recovery addresses topics such as:
- home ownership and financing
- the role of community-based organizations
- work-readiness and job training for neighborhood residents
- housing for homeless people and others with specialized needs
- the importance of advocacy in advancing neighborhood reinvestment policy