In the 2006 Brookings Institution Study “Confronting Concentrated Poverty in Fresno”, Alan Berube lists Fresno as number one in the nation for concentrated poverty, the degree to which its poor were clustered in high-poverty neighborhoods. Mayor Ashley Swearengin believes that Fresno’s neighborhoods of concentrated poverty surrounding the urban core have been neglected for far too long and intentionally enacted the Downtown and Community Revitalization (DCR) in January of 2009 to combat serious issues like poverty, which hinder Fresno’s economic growth.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Division is the part of DCR Department that specifically handles areas pertaining to concentrated poverty. Our purpose is to coordinate collaborative efforts between the Community, City Departments, and local agencies in this revitalization process. We do this by:
• Engaging community to identify their needs
• Coordinating City resources with Community needs
• Collaborating with partnering agencies to meet needs of the Community
The City of Fresno’s Neighborhood Revitalization Department along with our partnering agencies is committed to successfully revitalizing targeted neighborhoods of concentrated poverty in Fresno.
A. Neighborhood Revitalization Overview
B. The Lowell Project
C. Internal Tools
E. Best Practices
F. Get Involved
How We Measure Success
Revitalization of an area of concentrated poverty results in both the beautification of the neighborhood and the increased quality of life for the individuals who live in the community. In short, our goal is to revitalize the People and Place; we take both issues into consideration when measuring our success.
Several criteria can help indicate whether revitalization is taking hold. Our Department’s success will be measured by trends in the data below. Check back at this site as we establish benchmark data and track changes over time.
Observable Revitalization trend
Property Values Up
Home Ownership Up
Crime rates Down
Neighborhood Revitalization Manager