Monday, October 11, 2010

Controlling the Flow

"Andrew Jones and Contis Davis,an architect and urban planner, not leaders in tother community struggles, propoosed the Greater Roxbury Incorporation Project (GRIP), which would carve out a separate municipality from the Roxbury area, to be named 'Mandela.'"

Pierre Clavel,Activists in City Hall: The Progressive Response to the Reagan Era in Boston and Chicago

A strand of community developers in Boston and Chicago and beyond believed that expanding the control of community governance over what goes on in neighborhoods and businesses was critical for sustainable development. It took the form of the first generation of CDCs, eminent domain for land and factories, mandated neighborhood councils, and Mandela.

These approaches didn't prove successful, replicable, or even able to win sufficient adherents in the first place. Progressive local governments were doing well if they could get linkage or first source or individual project agreements that specified and directed benefits. Yet, this idea of local control, slowing leakage, stability, etc remain key aspirations.

Today, this approach is evident in the worker coops linked to anchor institutions in Cleveland and the broader movement to build a local green economy. Here the guiding ideas relate to building on local resources that won't go away -- and using business forms rooted in community.

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