“It’s such a successful community project. It’s really important to support it. Its effect is far reaching, I mean, look at it! It’s on two major crossroads-Portland and Franklin. The positive things it is doing is spreading. And if it were to degrade back to what it had been, that would spread also. As far as urban development goes, it’s a brilliant example of what can be done. And it has to be maintained.”
Hope Community created and implemented a vision for a neighborhood where most had little hope. One building at a time, abandoned spaces have turned into homes for families. But buildings alone do not make community. People must build a community, and that understanding is at the core of Hope Community’s approach to neighborhood revitalization.