"Middle Neighborhoods: Action Agenda for a National Movement"

2018. Paul C. Brophy (ed.), Pamela Puchalski (ed.), Stephanie Sung (ed.)

"Middle Neighborhoods: Action Agenda for a National Movement" is a report that summarizes discussions from a meeting, held November 15-16, 2017 in Baltimore and co-sponsored by The American Assembly and the Federal Reserve Bank, with support from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Healthy Neighborhoods Inc., a leading community development organization in Baltimore. Experts from varying disciplines and backgrounds, each familiar with the context of middle neighborhoods in cities across the United States, divided themselves into three working groups to advance issues in policy, practice, and research. Among the participants were the Mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh; Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker; and two Congressional members, Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Dwight Evans (D-PA).

For a summary of conclusions, including highlights from each working group, and next steps, view the report here.


CBS Chicago: “Community Leaders Adopt a Middle Neighborhood Strategy for Chicago: Making Chatham A Shopping Destination,” by Chatham, Local TV, Roseanne Tellez (January 31st, 2018).

The Philadelphia Inquirer: “New Philadelphia loan program offers hope to residents with homes in disrepair,” by Caitlin McCabe (January 18th, 2018).

City Journal: "The Lifeblood of Cities: 'Middle' neighborhoods—neither affluent nor poor—remain crucial to urban success," by Aaron Renn (January 9th, 2018).

Huffington Post: "Across The Country, Some Neighborhoods Are Thriving And Some Struggling, But What About The Ones That Fall Somewhere In The Middle?" by Rep. Dwight Evans and Paul C. Brophy (July 27th, 2017).

CEOs for Cities: "On the Edge: Our City’s Middle Neighborhoods," by Paul C. Brophy, Brophy & Reilly LLC (July 25th, 2017).

Forbes: "The Desperate Need for the Vanishing Middle Neighborhood," by Erik Sherman (July 1st, 2017).

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