Middle Main

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April 2010 Blog Posts (4)


The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a methodology that seeks to uncover and highlight the strengths within communities as a means for sustainable development. The basic tenet is that a capacities-focused approach is more likely to empower the community and therefore…


Added by Ty Marshal on April 28, 2010 at 10:06pm — 10 Comments

Poughkeepsie is Alive: Report from April Community Meeting

Our last Middle Main Community Meeting on April 14 was a huge success. It really showed the strength and diversity of Poughkeepsie and our commitment to working together across differences to build a stronger Main Street for everyone. Thanks to Jim Milano and Hudson Valley FoodWorks for letting us use their space at 372 Main Street, where we hold monthly meetings…


Added by Andrew Sawtelle on April 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Reality Tourism?

I'm not sure what to think about this concept of reality tourism. (Check out the below article from the NY Times for a description of efforts in San Francisco.) This is a tough one for me as a Middle Main organizer and advocate, because there is some overlap with what they are doing in San Fran and what we are doing locally in terms of the promotion of the area's current assets, "gritty" or otherwise. But there certainly is a fine line between tourism and exploitation. Touring a currently… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Celaya on April 12, 2010 at 10:58am — No Comments

More cities navigate social media terrain

Here is an article with some other examples of cities using social media sites. We're not alone in our approach, it's good to hear some success stories from other places and share some of their ideas.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brian Oravetz's morning ritual never wavers.

The Sandy Springs resident grabs a cup of coffee before plopping down at his… Continue

Added by Allie Bernhard on April 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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