Progressive Local Government for the 21st Century

Community Development


Municipalities are largely defined by where they want to go, and who has a hand in that decision. This is called “community development.” High-road community development stewards pre-existing assets and grows and shares community wealth by using democratic organization, inside and outside formal government, to relentlessly reduce waste, add value-creating innovation, and capture and share the benefits of doing both. The single best way to promote community wealth is by encouraging more compact, mixed-use development and support a steady stream of second-generation firms. The single best way to ensure equity in the distribution of opportunity to contribute to that wealth creation and claim fair reward from is to use democracy to push the policy tools and financial and other levers of government toward that end, explicitly. Progov21’s Planning and Public Space policy roadmap provides an introduction to progressive zoning and community development policies. 

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