"How does this happen? Years of thought and experience—including many influential articles in this publication—have persuasively argued that the key is cohesiveness. It’s more than an initiative or two; you can’t get there just by building a new school or repaving Main Street or opening a job-counseling office."
The key is to form the social and strategic ligaments that bind whole neighborhoods and help their centers of strength and energy work in concert.
Check out the full article, "Strong Social Networks are Key to Turning Around Communities" by Maurice A. Jones.
Maurice A. Jones is CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corp, a national community development financial institution based in New York City. He previously served as deputy secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and secretary of Commerce and Trade for the state of Virginia.