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Community Development as a Public Sector Agenda
Departmental Papers (SPP)
  • Felice D Perlmutter, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ram A Cnaan, University of Pennsylvania
Document Type
Journal Article
Date of this Version
This paper documents how one Department of Recreation in a large city underwent a planned change effort which transformed some 200 site managers into active community organizers. Based on the philosophy of a very dynamic new commissioner (a former community organizer), city employees enhanced local civic participation and forged a partnership between the public and private sectors as well as with local residents. The paper presents the guiding philosophy, implementation steps, an assessment of the impact of the change, and a discussion of the potential of such a process which can be adopted nationwide.
Copyright Haworth Press. Reprinted from Journal of Community Practice, Volume 6, Issue 4, 1999, pages 57-77.
The authors assert their right to include this material in the ScholarlyCommons@Penn.
  • recreation,
  • urban change,
  • community organizing,
  • partnerships,
  • planned change
Citation Information
Felice D Perlmutter and Ram A Cnaan. "Community Development as a Public Sector Agenda" (1999)
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