Towards a More Transformative Community Economic Development.
Abstract: This collaborative thesis is presented in two parts. Co-authored by
Ian Adelman and Emily Earle, Part I introduces the challenges facing the field of community
economic development including limited organizational and theoretical alternatives and the
constraints of a neoliberal economic context. These challenges are then considered within a
multidimensional framework to understand an... read mored differentiate between approaches to community
economic development. We find that fully transformative community economic development is
rare, yet many approaches have transformative dimensions. A possible way forward is to use
this framework to strategically align multiple approaches that in sum may lead to a more
transformative community economic development. Authored by Emily Earle, Part II examines
early initiatives in the Bronx, New York and Springfield, Massachusetts, where conveners
are attempting to achieve a more transformative community economic development through the
establishment of cooperative business networks rooted in the strengths and needs of local
economies. These initiatives are considered in comparison to one another and within the
multidimensional framework presented in Part I.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Penn Loh.
Committee: James Jennings.
Keywords: Urban planning, Sustainability, and Economics.read less