Stewards of the City: Community Organizations, Economic Development, & Poverty in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania
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This study analyzes the work of four community organizations in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania: Assets, Lancaster City Alliance, Community Action Partnership, and Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership. This analysis is within the context of the larger community economic development movement and Lancaster City’s recent development and growing inequalities. Community-centered, nonprofit organizations help drive Lancaster’s economic development and are also leadings efforts to combat poverty. This paper will argue that since the early 2000s, Lancaster City has seen tangible success in its macro-level economic development centered on building development projects and reviving its downtown, but the City has had little success in combating poverty and unemployment. Lancaster’s numerous community organizations are vital to the success and the limitations of the City’s model of development. The recent cohesion and collaboration among community organizations in Lancaster City signals a commitment to a more holistic view of economic development. However, the abundance of community organizations has not made a positive impact on poverty rates and incomes in the City despite a common narrative of success and revitalization.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2018
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