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Community Economics and Development: Rebuilding Communities
Community development is often thought of as the need to attract large real estate interests with the capital to undertake the comprehensive rebuilding of industrial lands and neighborhoods. While enjoying the benefits of upfront capitalization and one stop shopping for government agencies, this model often comes at the expense of long term residents, neighborhood identity, and housing affordability.
Arc Ecology believes that rebuilding communities requires a different approach. Opening up property to lots of small scale community-based investment can bring abandoned urban brownfields into rapid reuse, with greater economic and social diversity and stability and without disrupting the fabric of local life. We believe in partnering with communities, blending economic and environmental sustainability into the strategies for property reuse so quality of life improves for both the neighborhoods and the community at large, and these neighborhoods can thrive for years to come.
All Arc Ecology projects are multi-disciplinary and address multiple program areas. To learn more about some of our projects that have a strong focus on community economics and development, see:
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