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The American Assembly successfully incubated and established an independent working group on Middle Neighborhoods on June 30, 2019. Today, the Middle Neighborhoods project is administered by NACEDA. Learn more about the project.


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Next City: Setting the Stage to Revive America’s Middle Neighborhoods,” by Alan Mallach (November 19, 2018)

Next City: Support Middle Neighborhoods with a Federal Investment in Home Rehab,” by Julia Gordon and Theo Chang (November 7, 2018)

BUILDER Online: “What Product Will Capture Massive Missing-Middle Opportunity? Providing right-priced product for the working class takes diligence,” by Jennifer Castenson (November 4, 2018)

Next City: “How Communities of Practice Make a Difference in Middle Neighborhoods,” by Oscar Perry Abello (October 22, 2018)

Next City: “(The Urgent Case for) Middle Neighborhoods, One of the Most Overlooked Assets in America,” by Paul Brophy and Frank Woodruff (October 17, 2018)

WHYY: Philly developers say numbers don’t ‘pencil’ out on city’s latest affordable housing scheme,” by Jake Blumgart (September 26, 2018)

The Philadelphia Tribune: “Philadelphia anti-blight legislation back in action,” by Jake Blumgart (September 26, 2018)

KCCI Des Moines TV: “City’s plan to battle blight leaves some neighborhoods out,” by Chris Gothner (September 24, 2018)

Next City: “Making the Case for America’s Middle Neighborhoods,” by Kelly Regan and Stephanie Sung, with research by Brianna Williams (September 24, 2018)

Des Moines Register: “Des Moines’ $4.5 million revitalization program limited to 4 neighborhoods,” by Austin Cannon (September 22, 2018)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: “The hidden costs of foreclosure: Stabilizing low-income Philadelphia neighborhoods helps us all,” by Elyse Cherry (July 9, 2018)

The Times-Picayune: “Has urban renewal come at the cost of suburban decline?,” by Kevin Litten (June 8, 2018)

Governing“The Importance (and Neglect) of America’s ‘Middle Neighborhoods,’” by Alan Greenblatt (June 1, 2018)

The Philadelphia Tribune: “Dwight Evans seeks second term in Congress,” by Michael D’Onofrio (April 27, 2018)

The Philadelphia Tribune: “McClinton wants gun violence declared a public health crisis,” by Stacy Brown (April 25, 2018)

Forbes: “Saying Housing Drives Income Inequality Misses Some Big Points,” by Erik Sherman (April 15, 2018)

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

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

City Journal: “The Lifeblood of Cities: ‘Middle’ neighborhoods—neither affluent nor poor—remain crucial to urban success,” by Aaron Renn (January 9, 2018)