Community Garden Saved a Neighborhood and May Save an Entire City

Christie Myers, Managing Director of Opportunity Dallas, shares the story of a public-private partnership to help address homelessness, including a community garden. Segregated since the Jim Crow era, Dallas’ Bonton neighborhood, consisting of almost solely African-American residents, was designed to be isolated from the rest of the city and its development. Families and neighbors were […]

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Take Over Your Block: An Interview With Better Block Foundation

The latest NLC housing report addresses the importance of neighborhood revitalization. Christie Myers, Managing Director of Opportunity Dallas, interviewed Krista Nightengale, Managing Director of Better Block Foundation, about the great work they are doing to build communities. One of my favorite parts about community development is the innovation that exists, if you allow it, by engaging the […]

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National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Housing Report

Earlier this month the National League of Cities (NLC) released a comprehensive affordable housing report entitled “Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing” Rising home prices and stagnant wages have put tremendous strain on housing markets across the country. Housing is in a state of crisis in America — and cities, towns and villages are […]

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Aging in Place is Vital for the Growth and Development of Communities

Christie Myers, Managing Director of Opportunity Dallas, addresses the importance of aging in place to seniors and the community as a whole. On a weekly basis, I am confronted with conversations involving seniors, gently raising their hands from the back row, saying “don’t forget about us.” The repetitive hand raising granted me the opportunity to […]

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Quality of Life of Citizens Priority for City Officials

As we begin 2019 and think about the changes we want in our own lives, we also should be thinking about the changes in our communities. A city is more than infrastructure and buildings, codes and taxes. A city is its residents, and the best way to retain and attract residents is to provide features […]

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Utility Service Partners Gives Employees A Day Off To Help Kids Play

More than a dozen Utility Service Partners, a HomeServe company, employees joined more than 200 other local business people and Seneca Valley Schools pupils and volunteered their time to help re-build an 18-year-old playground, transforming it into “Crocodile Cove,” at Cranberry Township’s North Boundary Park. This 350,000 project was directed by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit […]

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Six Tips To Help Residents Age In Place

Since Jan. 1, 2011, 10,000 Baby Boomers are eligible to retire daily, and Americans 65 and older will make up 19 percent of the population by 2030. Many of those Baby Boomers would like to stay in their own homes as they age – a trend called “aging in place” – born of their desire […]

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Don’t Let Your Residents Be Left Out In The Cold

The recent bomb cyclone has played havoc across the country, from frigid flooding in the Northeast to abnormally low temperatures and snowfall in the south. And as the temperatures sank, water line breaks cropped up. Municipalities everywhere have been scrambling to repair water lines – and the NLC Service Line Warranty Program’s network contractors have […]

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Homeowners Are At Risk For Frozen Pipes

Most homeowners are aware of the seriousness of their plumbing pipes freezing and why that situation can cause serious damage. However, many homeowners may not understand how to prevent frozen pipes. Encouraging your residents to learn how to winterize their home plumbing system – both inside and out – can pay off, especially since a […]

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Aging In Place

Home Maintenance is a key factor for aging Americans wishing to remain in their own homes According to U.S. Census data, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to rise 35 percent from 2010 to 2020, and a growing trend for this population is “aging in place.” A comprehensive study on this […]

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