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Bank:Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco  Series:Community Development Innovation Review 

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Is the Urban Middle Neighborhood an Endangered Species? Multiple Challenges and Difficult Answers

This chapter looks directly at the challenges facing middle neighborhoods in legacy cities. As the title suggests?and as the entire thrust of this book suggests?those challenges are serious and complex. The author describes multidimensional challenges with demographic, physical, and economic factors interacting with and reinforcing one another.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 01 , Pages 046-062

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Can Pay for Success reduce asthma emergencies and reset a broken health care system?

I blame Len Syme and the social epidemiologists for disrupting my otherwise steady trajectory as a high-flying health insurance executive. It was Len, the University of California Berkeley professor emeritus, who spoiled for me the simple notion that ?access to high-quality, affordable care? (our industry mantra) would solve our nation?s health crisis. Medical care, it turns out, accounts for just 10 percent of what makes us healthy or sick. So what?s the other 90 percent? It?s a pretty gnarly sweater once you start unraveling it. After nearly a decade in health insurance, I left the comfy ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 01 , Pages 115-125

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The Brookings Urban Markets Initiative: Using information to drive change

Urban residents are more likely than their suburban counterparts to be underserved by retail services. The implications for urban residents and urban communities are far reaching. Recent research has shown that the costs of the basics?such as food, clothing, and even insurance?are often higher for low- to moderate-income residents. Appropriate access to goods and retail services must be a part of any agenda to create healthy communities. This article outlines the role of information as a critical part of the framework for urban retail success benefiting residents, communities, and the private ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 1 , Pages 67-77

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Taking capital for social purposes to a new level

Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 1 , Pages 69-71

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Who cares about social impact?

Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 01 , Pages 57-58

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Building healthy communities through equitable food access

In America today, millions of people leave their homes in a protracted and often futile search for healthy food for their families. Many walk out their front doors and see nothing but fast-food outlets and convenience stores selling high-fat, high-sugar processed foods; others see no food vendors of any kind. Without affordable fresh food options, especially fruit and vegetables, adults and children face fundamental challenges to making the healthy food choices that are essential for nutritious, balanced diets. And without grocery stores and other viable fruit and vegetable merchants, ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 3 , Pages 075-087

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Community land trusts work in the best and worst of times

Recently I gave a speech at the National Community Land Trust Network?s annual meeting in Boston to talk about the important role that community land trusts have in our neighborhoods by promoting stability through affordable housing and economic development opportunities. Those efforts are always welcomed and needed under normal conditions, and they are appreciated and needed even more so as we cope with unprecedented economic challenges not seen since the Great Depression.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 1 , Pages 73-75

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Financing rural innovation with community development venture capital: models, options and obstacles

Growing local companies is essential to the economic prosperity for many rural regions and residents. Rural economies, however, rarely attract traditional venture capital. Given the important role that patient capital plays in entrepreneurial development, the future economic vitality of rural communities rests, at least in part, on their ability to access such capital. Community development venture capital (CDVC) is a particularly adept model for overcoming the structural obstacles that rural geographies present for venture capital investors. Rubin explores some of the obstacles this model ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 3 , Pages 15-27

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Can capital markets replace banks for funding community development?

Securities markets depend on data. In the absence of data, it is not possible to underwrite risk, and judgments about risk are crucial to securities pricing. This essay discusses the sort of data that would be necessary to make underwriting decisions for community development funding.
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 2 , Pages 08-15

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Growing pains

Proceedings of the Conference on the Secondary Market for Community Development Loans. <p> Much has been said about the challenges of selling pools of loans into the capital markets via securitization or other techniques. In our experience, the actual sale is often the least difficult part of the process. The reason is that organizations can draw on the skills of a range of experts who can help with that part of the process. Attorneys are available who can guide organizations through the complexities of securities law; financial consultants offer advice regarding the proper accounting under ...
Community Development Innovation Review , Issue 2 , Pages 31-35




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