Monthly Archives: March 2013

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A New Chapter for Dudley Street

We were first drawn to the story of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative more than twenty years ago, when a grassroots movement of local residents began transforming a Boston neighborhood devastated by disinvestment, arson-for-profit and illegal dumping. Since the mid-1990s, when we released our documentary Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street, we have been heartened to hear how people around the world have been inspired and educated by the Dudley Street story. One of the more memorable accounts came back to us from India, where Boston activist Mel King shared the film with homeless people in Mumbai who were organizing a human rights campaign.

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LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Gaining Ground sparks support for CLTs in Oakland, California

In the midst of a turbulent housing crisis, the Oakland Community Land Trust (Oakland CLT) was created in 2010 by Urban Strategies Council as a way to help Oakland residents fight back against community deterioration. Since its inception, Oakland CLT has been slowly but steadily acquiring and selling homes. But the Community Land Trust (CLT) model is unfamiliar to most people, and the benefits of its unusual structure are not immediately apparent. Steve King, an Oakland CLT board member, knew they needed to do more to get widespread interest and involvement from residents and organizations across the city. But they didn’t quite know how.

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