"The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative:
The Journey and the Promise"
Thursday, April 7, 2011
University of Maryland
May Louie will describe how the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) transformed a Boston neighborhood from near devastation into an urban village-in-progress. DSNI is known in the community change field for its bottom-up, resident-led collaborative efforts and its innovative approaches to development. DSNI is the only community organization in the nation ever to be granted eminent domain authority to acquire vacant land-which it put in a community land trust with permanent housing affordability and anti-foreclosure protections. In 2000, the Fannie Mae Foundation designated Dudley Street one of ten "Just Right" neighborhoods in the nation for balancing increasing affordable homeownership with attracting capital investment. DSNI has just started a new initiative--planning a Promise Neighborhood in Boston to help children and young adults grow up healthy and successful.
Ms. Louie is DSNI's Director of Leadership and Capacity Building and Project Director of DSNI's Boston Promise Initiative. She joined the DSNI staff in 1994, and she has responsibility for training residents to participate and lead in planning and governance. She has a Master's in Public Policy from the Tufts University Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program. She serves on the National Community Land Trust Academy Advisory Board. She was a 2005 Alston-Bannerman Fellow and 2006 Rockwood Leadership Program Leading from the Inside Out Fellow.
Co-sponsored by the Maryland Urban Studies and Planning Program, the Morgan State University Department of City and Regional Planning, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative.
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