Opportunities for Sustainable Community and Neighborhood Development

This article in the Las Vegas Optic outlines the key takeaways from our most recent Glass Half Full discussion series event in September focused on models for sustainable community and neighborhood development.

While the majority of the issues discussed were Chicago specific, the piece explains that communities nationwide have the potential to better integrate the environment, the economy and the community using the ideas shared by the panel participants.

The take-home points from the evening include:

  • Listen. Don’t come in as outsiders and dump your plan and then leave. Make sure that everyone knows what’s happening. Knock on doors, talk on the radio, use social media.
  • Encourage people who don’t like you. You need their opinion. You will only get buy-in when the community can react.
  • Be prepared for the long haul.

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