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Neighborhood Recovery: Reinvestment Policy for the New Hometown Paperback – October 1, 1999

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"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

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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

More About the Author

John Kromer is a housing and development consultant who specializes in the design and execution of reinvestment strategies for distressed urban communities.

As Philadelphia's Director of Housing from 1992 to 2001, John supervised the expenditure of more than a billion dollars in public investment to implement housing preservation and development strategies that improved living conditions for thousands of Philadelphia families.

Since 2001, John has maintained an affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government as a Senior Consultant. His most recent book is Fixing Broken Cities: The Implementation of Urban Development Strategies.

John co-authored Money, Mojo, and Votes: Political Reform and Election Reality in Philadelphia with Julie M. Proulx and Andy Denison.

Julie M. Proulx is Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. She graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011 with a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning. Julie has worked on national service policy, operations, and strategy in Washington, D.C. and served in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps on post-Katrina Gulf Coast recovery. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.

Andy Denison covered national and local political campaigns as a reporter/producer for CBS and NBC television affiliates. He is now a digital marketing/communications strategist based in Philadelphia advising clients in business and government.

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