Neighborhood Development

Baltimore, Neighborhood Revitalization, Oliver, East Broadway

BUILD Revitalizes Oliver & Broadway East Neighborhoods in Baltimore

Friday, December 2, 2016
Baltimore Sun

....In the aftermath of the killings, local residents and churches, as well as the organization Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development, called for action.

The result was a $10 million agreement with the Reinvestment Fund, a community development organization. A little more than a decade ago, Oliver had 623 abandoned houses.

There are now 188 rebuilt units, mostly two- and three-story rowhouses. There's a whole block of North Broadway that has been restored to splendid Victorian appearance.... Read more about BUILD Revitalizes Oliver & Broadway East Neighborhoods in Baltimore

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Stadiums, Financing, Neighborhood Development, Public Finance

#NOTallin: Regional Faith-based Coalition Announces Opposition to Q Renovations

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Cleveland Scene

Representatives from the Greater Cleveland Congregations announced their opposition to using public dollars on arena renovations without public input or benefit. The GCC, said several speakers, is "NOT all in." 
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GCC

Foreclosures, Milwaukee Bucks, Bob Connolly, Keisha Krumm

The Power of Common Ground

Monday, June 20, 2016
Urban Milwaukee

It was two years ago that members of the grass-roots advocacy group Common Ground were researching foreclosed properties in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. They discovered that a major holder of the mortgages was Nationstar and digging deeper, found that Nationstar was a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, a company founded by Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens, who was demanding a huge tax subsidy for a new arena. Read more about The Power of Common Ground

Common Ground

Urban revitalization, East Baltimore, Calvin Keene, Memorial Baptist

BUILD Re-Shapes Market Dynamics For Baltimore Redevelopment

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Baltimore Sun

"Within days following the 2002 murders of the Dawson family, who were killed in retaliation for one member's testimony against area drug dealers, 400 people from Baltimoreans United in Leadership (BUILD) and the city's Oliver community stood in front of the Dawsons' firebombed home and vowed to not let those seven deaths be in vain. The group organized and made a strong commitment to changing the neighborhood. Read more about BUILD Re-Shapes Market Dynamics For Baltimore Redevelopment

BUILD

Bucks, Scott Walker, Wisconsin IAF, Community Organizing in Milwaukee

Bucks’ Owners Win, at Wisconsin’s Expense

Friday, August 14, 2015
New York Times

Not all Milwaukeeans gave the new owners a hug. Last year, Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground — a fine coalition of churches, synagogues, mosques and community groups — surveyed the city’s pitted fields and dilapidated recreation centers and proposed that an arena bond issue should include money for Milwaukee’s playing fields. The group also pushed for a public referendum. Read more about Bucks’ Owners Win, at Wisconsin’s Expense

Common Ground

Bucks stadium, Foreclosure Prevention, Parks, Nationstar-Mortgage

Common Ground Calls Bucks Owner 'Billionaire Bully'

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal

About 100 members of Common Ground met in the City Hall lobby Wednesday, calling the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks "billionaire bullies" who neither need nor deserve public money to build a new downtown sports arena. Read more about Common Ground Calls Bucks Owner 'Billionaire Bully'

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Texas IAF, Community Organizing in the Rio Grande Valley, Socorro Perales

Valley Interfaith Shakes Up Pharr Election; Parks & Libraries at Stake

Monday, May 18, 2015
Rio Grande Guardian & Brownsville Herald

"In the recent Pharr City Commission election, Valley Interfaith leaders knew the races were likely to be close. They calculated that if they turned out their supporters and members, particularly in south Pharr, they could impact the election and thus have leverage on which policies get implemented.” Read more about Valley Interfaith Shakes Up Pharr Election; Parks & Libraries at Stake

Valley Interfaith

Nationstar CEO, Parks, Playgrounds, Stadiums

Nationstar Mortgage CEO to Meet with Common Ground

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

Nationstar Mortgage CEO Jay Bray agreed on Thursday to come to Milwaukee and meet with representatives of Common Ground, a community group pressing the company to address blighted housing here. Read more about Nationstar Mortgage CEO to Meet with Common Ground

Common Ground

Baltimore, Rebellion, Jobs, Public Safety, Training, Pastors

Baltimore Unrest Highlights City's Deprivation

Friday, May 1, 2015
Financial Times

After the global financial crisis hit in 2007, the small business that Mr Bey set up after his final jail stint ran into trouble. “I found myself falling backwards very quickly [and] drugs came back into my life.” Read more about Baltimore Unrest Highlights City's Deprivation

BUILD

Arena, Community Organizing in Milwaukee, stadium, Economic Development

Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground

Monday, April 13, 2015
Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee

....Then there is Common Ground, a community group that is opposed to the use of public money for the new arena. The group wants public money for improved playgrounds and recreational spaces in Milwaukee County. Read more about Bucks Arena Financing Faces Tight Timetable... and Common Ground

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