Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Alexander von Hoffman,
Harvard University

Now, in the twenty-first century, the vision of broadly collaborative approaches seems more feasible than at any time in the long and rich history of community development.

Alexander von Hoffman is a senior fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and a lecturer in the urban planning and design department at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the author of House by House, Block by Block: The Rebirth of America’s Urban Neighborhoods; Fuel Lines for the Urban Revival Engine: Neighborhoods, Community Development Corporations, and Financial Intermediaries; and Local Attachments: The Making of an American Urban Neighborhood, 1850 to 1920. Von Hoffman has written numerous scholarly articles on urban history as well as general interest essays on housing and urban development for periodicals such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.

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