Brief Building Community Power for Equity
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A Discussion Paper for Year 4 of the 11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Evaluation
Mychal Cohen
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This brief is part of a series evaluating Bridge Park’s current work to create equity. A companion report provides an overview of the EDP efforts and Bridge Park’s partnerships. This brief focuses on Bridge Park’s commitments to building power in the communities surrounding the park. The brief discusses what power building is, why it is critical to equitable development, and Bridge Park’s efforts so far to build power with residents. The brief concludes with a discussion of the importance of cultural equity in the EDP.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Social safety net Race and equity Workforce Housing
Tags Workforce development Poverty Infrastructure Racial and ethnic disparities Arts and culture Housing affordability Public and private investment Community and economic development Washington, DC, research initiative Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial barriers to housing Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Cities Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
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