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Editor's Note: Apologies for Delay

Editor's Note: Apologies for Delay

Spring has sprung and it seems as though everyone has a lot on their plate at the moment. These competing needs (along with some technical difficulties) has made it difficult to publish this month's Vanguard on its regularly scheduled date of the 15th. We know you count on keeping up to date through the monthly publication of the Community Development Society's Vanguard. I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and hope that you still find the content as useful and engaging as usual. 

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Community Development Headlines - CDS UpFront April 2014

Community Development Headlines - CDS UpFront April 2014

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University

Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)

Poverty and Deep Poverty Increasing in Rural America

Where Inequality Is Worst In The United States

USDA: Recent Population Change

Housing is the Key to Family-Friendly Cities

Speak Your Piece: A Dwelling Place

'Living Innovation Zones' Transform Public Space in San Francisco

These Little Hacks Make Cities More Sustainable And Fun

Focusing on People, Not Sprawl

The Part-Time, Freelance, Collaborative Economy

Direct-Farm Sales May Boost Local Growth

America's New Brainpower Cities

After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision

Finding Big Success in a Small Town

'Sometimes a Great Notion': Sink or Swim

Video: Can Co-Ops Curb Poverty In New York City?

5 Habits of Companies that Rock at Giving Back

Concentrated Wealth or Democracy, but Not Both


  Occasional Paper: Toward an Epistemological Foundation for Social and Solidarity Economy


  Occasional Paper: Social and Solidarity Economy: Between Emancipation and Reproduction


  Occasional Paper: Understanding Social and Solidarity Economy in Emergent Communities: Lessons from Post–Fast Track Land Reform Farms in Mazowe, Zimbabwe


  Social and Solidarity Economy: A New Path to Sustainable Development (Beyond 2015 Brief No. 5)


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Community Development Headlines - CDS UpFront January 2014

Community Development Headlines - CDS UpFront January 2014

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director at the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


Obama Names 2 Rural “Promise Zones”

The Wicked Problem of Urban Biodiversity

Should Planners Encourage Diverse Neighborhoods?

Urbanization Has Been Destroying the Environment since the Very First Cities

The Abuse of Art in Economic Development

An Uneasy Truce: The War on Poverty

JFK’s Rural Development Legacy

“Picked Off Like a Single Quail”

Farm Policy Made the Republic: Now What?

Philly’s New Land Bank: Will It Give Blighted Communities a Boost?

Veggies at the Liquor Store—and 5 Other Ways to Bring Food to Your Community

Political, Economic Power Grow More Concentrated

Rural Character in America’s Metropolitan Areas

To Rebuild, the Midwest Must Face Its Real and Severe Problems

Fighting the Vacant Property Plague

Where Are the Boomers Headed? Not Back to the City

This Land Is Ours: African Americans and the Great Outdoors

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Community Development Headlines - CDS UpFront November 2013

Community Development Headlines - CDS UpFront November 2013

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Civic Tech and Mobile Engagement 2.0

Rural Unemployment Down, but So Is Workforce

The Aging of Rural Primary Care Physicians

America's Fastest-Growing Counties: The 'Burbs Are Back

10 Traits of 'Globally Fluent' Cities

A Year After Sandy, a Co-op Alliance Could Bring Jobs Back to the Rockaways

Density, Unpacked: Is Creative Class Theory a Front for Real Estate Greed?

Lessons from a Pay-It-Forward Restaurant: The Importance of Gratitude

Moment of roof: Urban farming entrepreneur explains how he got on top

Who Is Adopting Organic Farming Practices?

Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development

The Economy of Smallness: Making Economic Exchange a Loving Human Interaction

Route 7: A Real Country Music Highway

Sedan, Kansas: A Town that Invests in Itself

Main Street Comeback: How Independent Stores are Thriving

Southern Survival: On the Gulf Coast, a Community Fights for Its Life

Effects of Changes in SNAP Benefits on Food Security

Where Are The Boomers Headed? Not Back To The City

The Cycles of Wind Power Development

Financing Young and Beginning Farmers

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Community Development Headlines - October CDS UpFront

Community Development Headlines - October CDS UpFront


Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


New Study: American Women Are Dying Younger than Their Moms

Computer Use Increases at Rural Libraries

Nonmetro Poverty Increased in 2012

What Is a Place Without the People?

What Can We Learn from Five Principles of People and Place

California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude

Are Americans Dumb? No, It's the Inequality, Stupid

Reducing the Rural Dropout Rate

Speak Your Piece: Death of a Hospital

Decaying Malls Struggle to Find Niche

Mesabi Range: Land of the Sleeping Giant

The United (Watershed) States of America

America's Fastest-Growing Counties: The 'Burbs Are Back

Driving Alone Dominates 2007-2012 Commuting Trend

A Cartoonist's Vision of a Car-Free Future

Teaching Urban Lessons from Rural Landscapes

What’s Fairer than Fair Trade? Try Direct Trade With Cocoa Farmers

Welcome to Commonomics: How to Build Local Economies Strong Enough for Everyone

Community Development Banks: Enabling Access to Finance for Poor Communities

Nation’s First Non-Profit Supermarket Opens in Chester, PA, a Food Desert for 12 Years

The UK’s Most Infamous ‘New Town’ Pioneers a Food System Revolution

Kenyan Businesswomen Transforming Slum Economies through Complementary Currencies


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Charts of Note - September

Charts of Note - September

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


Midpoint farm sizes more than doubled in the Corn Belt and Northern Plains between 1982 and 2007

The farm sector’s financial health continues to strengthen

14.5 percent of U.S. households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2012

Economic downturn changed relationship between employment and children’s food security

U.S. farms have become more specialized over the last 100 years

Inflation-adjusted value of SNAP benefits declined; food insecurity increased from 2009-11 

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Community Development Headlines - September CDS UpFront

Community Development Headlines - September CDS UpFront

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Featured Stories

Rivers Are People, Too


In August of last year, the Whanganui River gained its citizenship. Under New Zealand law, the third-longest river in the country will be recognized as a person “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests,” according to a spokesman for the Minister of Treaty Negotiations. This is the first time a legal identity has been conferred on a single river, though in 2008 Ecuador passed a similar rule to give its forests, lakes, and waterways rights on par with humans in order to ensure protection from harmful practices...

Painting Petros, One Portrait at a Time

A visual artist teaches himself to paint by capturing the images of the people in his small, East Tennessee town. More than a decade later, the project continues to give the community a new vision of itself...

More Headlines

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The Emerging Geography of Inequality

Southern California's Road Back

Rust Belt Chic and the Keys to Reviving the Great Lakes

Why the Size of Your City's Middle Class Matters Even if You're Not In It

Inequality of the Largest U.S. Metropolitan Areas

One in 20 American Kids Is Extremely Obese

Mountain Grown: Appalachia's New Local Food Economy

Market Improves Physical, Economic Health

Co-Op Academy Teaches Workers to Build Green and Cooperative Businesses

The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking for Work

Over 50% of Food Stamp Recipients Live in the Suburbs

A Meditation on Cities and the Need for Peaceful Places

Community-Driven Conservation

Financing Water Reform in the Western United States

Native Health Program Recruits from Within

The Art of Infrastructure

View from the Levee: No One's Home

How Advocates Can Talk to Rural America

Speak Your Piece: Rural Policy's Dog Days

Want to Change the World (and Not Get Burnt Out)? Start with Your Neighborhood

Scale, Schmale. What About Impact?

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New Dawn for The Vanguard

New Dawn for The Vanguard

As our regular communications become increasingly digital, a time for renewal has come for Vanguard. The next issue of Vanguard will showcase its new sleek and computer friendly design. This blog has been created to facilitate the effectiveness of Vanguard by housing online posts, making it easier to skim and access the Vanguard information most relevant to you. I hope you enjoy the new Vanguard and I encourage your feedback as the new design is tweaked. I'm here and I'm listening.


Cindy Banyai, Editor

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