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Prescription for Neighborhood Rehab?

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An article describing the need to rehab a Trenton, N.J., neighborhood sounds like it could be about the Tenderloin: "The area became predominantly rental and there's a tipping point at which the neighborhood becomes degraded, becomes transient. We needed a paradigm shift in the way people looked at the neighborhood." Then came a 1996 federal program to flood the area with in-fill housing, plus mandatory pre- and postmortgage counseling and a plan for mixed incomes across the neighborhood. A director says homeownership is "not a panacea," but "a valuable tool to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods." And now, "it's like something in a cocoon that, after a struggle, becomes a butterfly." Where can we get one of these butterflies? [CSM, previously]