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2. EMPHASIZE CAPACITY BUILDING AMONG CHANGE AGENTS
The experience of the most recent generation of community-building efforts has
demonstrated that community and other social change agents do not have the capacity
to promote neighborhood change at a scale that promises to make a signiﬁcant dent in
socioeconomic or racial inequity. The structural analysis explains why this occurs by
highlighting how historic and contemporary macro forces overwhelm local efforts,
however meritorious they might be, that are designed to intervene at the individual, family,
and community levels. One scholar has described community-based work as “swimming
against the tide” of major systemic and institutional trends that undermine progress in
distressed inner-city neighborhoods.24 One immediate strategy is to invest in building the capacity of local organizations to
maximize their ability to produce whatever kinds of change that are within their reach and
control. Currently, for the most part, local-level community development, socia...
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- Spring '14