Strategies for Action

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Strategies for Action: Saving Our Cities • A number of strategies have been proposed and implemented to restore prosperity to U.S. cities and well-being to their residents, businesses, and workers, including strategies to attract new businesses, create jobs, and repopulate cities. 1) The Empowerment zone/Enterprise community program ( EZ/EC ) provides tax incentives and performance grants and loans to create jobs for residents living within the designated zone or community. These empowerment zones stimulate the local economy, provide jobs for the unemployed, and increase city revenues. They also provide funds for job training, child care, and transportation to enable impoverished adults to work. 2) Community-based urban renewal efforts are grassroots programs which involve small-scale developers and volunteers working with a small professional staff who are concerned with improving the community. For example, 26,000 volunteers spent a Saturday cleaning Detroit streets, parks, and playgrounds during the fourth
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Unformatted text preview: annual spring Clean Sweep campaign. In Detroits annual Paint the Town event, individuals, community organizations, and corporate volunteers fix and paint the homes of the poor and elderly. 3) Gentrification and incumbent upgrading improve decaying neighborhoods, which attracts residents as well as businesses. Gentrification is a type of neighborhood revitalization in which middle- and upper-income persons buy and rehabilitate older homes in a depressed neighborhood. They may live there or rent to others. The city provides tax incentives for investing in old housing with the goal of attracting wealthier residents back into these neighborhoods and increasing the tax base. However, low-income residents are often forced into substandard housing as less and less affordable housing is available. An alternative to gentrification is incumbent upgrading , in which aid programs help residents of depressed neighborhoods buy or improve their homes and stay in the community....
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