January 19, 2006

Neighborhood Governance I

What do San Jose (California), Portland (Oregon), and Seattle (Washington) have in common? Several things actually. All three cities are located on the West Coast; each city has a history of natural resource extraction--agriculture in San Jose and logging in Portland and Seattle. Portland and Seattle are known for rainy weather and beautiful summers and Seattle and San Jose are technology centers. But, the reason for our question is the neighborhood governance programs the cities have in common. Neighborhood governance is a deliberative partnership between the city and the neighborhoods of San Jose to create a co-evolving culture of community building and a politics of the local. The San Jose program -- Strong Neighborhoods Initiative Portland -- Office of Neighborhood Involvement Seattle -- Department of Neighborhoods (Neighborhoods)

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