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PRINCIPLES FOR PARKS AND EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT
There is a frustrating truth in the world of community development: new large-scale development, no matter how much it is designed to support the existing neighborhood, often displaces or alienates some longtime residents. This article breaks down how communities continue to push back and develop models for creating green space that does not come at the cost of community stability, and instead contributes to the health, well-being, and inclusivity of residents. 



RACE, GENDER, AND EQUITY IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
This paper summarizes how 15 leaders of community development finance organizations are intensifying their focus on race, gender, and equity, and it provides a prescription for change. That prescription calls for a fieldwide reformulation of the community development vision that embraces equity and justice explicitly; it calls for an expanded policy agenda to update the tools used (the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, the New Markets Tax Credit, and others) to include segregation-busting features; and it calls upon leaders to broaden their work toward “both-and” and inclusive strategies—that is, not only investing in the most distressed places, but enabling low-income families access to high-opportunity places.



RURAL ARTS, DESIGN, AND INNOVATION IN AMERICA
This report stemmed from a research collaboration with the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It analyzes data from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey to quantify relationships among arts organizations, design-integrated firms, and business innovators in rural settings.



RURAL DEVELOPMENT HUBS REPORT
This report addresses questions often asked by caring people who shepherd resources that could be channeled to advance rural people and places — foundation leaders, individual investors and government officials. “We’d like to do more for rural America,” they offer. “But who can we work with? And besides that, what works?” The research behind this report is motivated by a specific version of that “what works” question: “What actions could shift mindsets, construct or revise systems and policies, and build capacity to advance rural community and economic development in a way that improves equity, health and prosperity for future generations?” Rural practitioners have answers to these questions.



RURAL PLACEMAKING: MAKING THE MOST OF CREATIVITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY (A RURAL VOICES ISSUE)
This issue of Rural Voices examines Creative Placemaking as it is practiced in rural communities. The term “creative placemaking” is only about a decade old, but rural community organizations have long taken on community-building endeavors that have included the arts. Creative placemaking offers the explicit recognition that arts and artists, when fully engaged with local stakeholders, are often a gel or a catalyst toward sustained community betterment and economic growth.



RURAL PROSPERITY THROUGH THE ARTS & CREATIVE SECTOR
A new action guide offers research insights and lessons learned from states that are harnessing the power of the arts to drive rural prosperity. Produced by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, the guide offers creative policy solutions that draw on home-grown arts and cultural assets to address the urgent problems facing rural America.