A Promise in the Heart of Boston: Portraits of a Dudley Village Campus

A Promise in the Heart of Boston: Portraits of a Dudley Village Campus is BPI's summary of Goodman Research Group's Boston Promise Initiative Neighborhood Survey, a survey of residents perceptions and quality of life in the Dudley Village Campus. The Boston Promise Initiative (BPI) surveyed Dudley Village Campus (DVC) residents who consented to participate in the survey and were either parents/guardians of children ages birth to 18 or adults who lived in “adult-only” households. BPI obtained valid responses from a grand total of 466 households.

Building a Liveable Boston, The Case for Community Land Trusts 
A report by report by Tufts University Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department about the potential benefits of community land trusts in Boston, including examples of successful land trust collaborations in other cities across the country.   

DAC Plan Executive Summary, 1987

For the People, By The People
A DSNI case study exploring best practices for maximizing resident, minority, female and m/wbe participation on construction projects as learned through the Kroc Center construction process.

For the People, By The People 2.0
A DSNI case study exploring best practices for maximizing resident, minority, female and m/wbe participation on construction projects as learned through the Choice Neighborhoods construction process.

Turning Data into an Information Resource: DSNI's Poster for Data Day 2015

Barboza, Gia and James Jennings. "Public Health and Spatial Inequality in Boston Children: Review of Select Findings in the National Health Interview Survey". DSNI Research Brief. 2011.

From the Introduction: "The purpose of this report is to collect and present data and information reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through its National Health Interview Survey and the National Vital Statistics System. The authors examined how findings from these national surveys in 2009 are reflected at the level of census tracts and neighborhoods in Boston"

Dwyer, Lee. "Mapping Impact: An Analysis of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Land Trust." Masters Thesis. MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. 2015.

From the Abstract: "This thesis examines the DSNI community land trust, which provides long-term affordable housing to low-income families using a resale-restricted model and promotes community control over development...Findings largely support the hypothesis that the DSNI land trust has significantly lower building values and vacancy rates than the surrounding neighborhood, as well as significantly fewer foreclosures during the housing crisis and an increasing owner-occupancy rate."

Harding, Ashley E. and James Jennings. "The Dudley Village Campus: Select Social and Demographic Profile -- 2010 Decennial Census". DSNI Research Brief. April 2013. 

Jennings, James. "Social, Demographic, and Economic Profile of Young Black and Latino Males: Boston, Massachusetts 2010-2018".  Prepared for The Barr Foundation and AbekaM. April 2014.

From the Executive Summary: "The purpose of this research report is to document a social and economic profile of Black and Latino male youth in the City of Boston, Massachusetts. It presents and reviews data on poverty, education household characteristics, and other demographic factors pertaining to the experiences of young Black and Latino males."

Jennings, James. "Development without Displacement: The Spatial Face of Potential Gentrification in Boston, Massachusetts". DSNI Research Brief. June 2014.

From the Introduction: "The term gentrification is used to describe areas of the city that have experienced disinvestment -- or lack of investment -- or economic distress, but are nevertheless experiencing significant (or even rapid...) increases in land and real estate values, at the same time attracting new, more 'middle-class' renters and home-owners."

Jennings, James. "DVC and Sub-Neighborhoods of Dudley Square, Dudley Triangle, and Grove Hall: Select Social, Demographic, and Economic Comparisons". DSNI Research Brief. July 2013.

From the Introduction: "This report provides an overview of select social, demographic, and economic characteristics of the Dudley Village Campus (DVC) and three major sub-neighborhoods designated by DSNI: Dudley Square; Dudley Triangle; and Grove Hall. It is a follow-up report to an earlier one describing and summarizing population and housing characteristics for the entire DVC." 

Jennings, James. "Select Profile of Poverty -- Dudley Village Campus, Dudley Square, Dudley Triangle, and Grove Hall [in] Boston, Massachusetts". DSNI Research Brief. April 2014.

From the Introduction: "This Research Brief follows two earlier papers prepared for the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative...These earlier reports provide an overview of social, demographic, and economic characteristics of the Dudley Village Campus (DVC) and three major sub-neighborhoods designated by DSNI: Dudley Square; Dudley Triangle; and Grove Hall."

Jennings, James. "The Dudley Village Campus: Select Family Profile." DSNI Research Brief. June 2013.

From the Introduction: "This report is a select family profile of the Dudley Village Campus (DVC) in Boston, Massachusetts. The aim of the report is to provide data and information towards an understanding of the status and challenges facing families in [the] DVC. It is based on a series of tables generated from the American Community Survey 2007-2011 5-year Estimates."

Kannam, Jessica. "Community-Based Organizing for Educational Justice: A Case Study of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative". Undergraduate Honors Thesis. Connecticut College. 2016.

From the introduction: "[This thesis will] investigate how community-based organizing groups illuminate and engage with issues of educational justice within the current climate of education reform in the United States... I explore this emerging scholarship and use it to understand how one particular organization in Boston, MA, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), creates a space for opportunities to collaborate, collectively identify, and address barriers to equitable education within the neighborhood and the city in which they are situated."

Penn Loh & Boone Shear (2015) Solidarity economy and community development: emerging cases in three Massachusetts cities, Community Development, 46:3, 244-260, DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1021362

From section "Boston's emerging community food economy": This emerging food economy begins with the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative's (DSNI) community land trust, which was founded in the late 1980s after DSNI won the right to use eminent domain to take ownership of vacant land in their neighborhood (Medoff & Sklar, 1994). The land trust now hosts a range of urban agriculture activities, including a 10,000 square foot greenhouse and two farm sites operated by the nonprofit The Food Project, as well as dozens of homes and community gardens. There is also commercial farming in the neighborhood by City Growers, which operates four sites. City Growers is exploring the development of a producer cooperative among the farmers they train and working with DSNI to acquire more land through the community land trust model. 

Sandel, Megan; et al. "Neighborhood-Level Interventions to Improve Childhood Opportunity and Lift Children Out of Poverty." Academic Pediatrics. Volume 16. Issue 3. April 2016.

From abstract: Neighborhood-level efforts to alleviate poverty for all children require alignment of cross-sector efforts, community engagement, and multifactorial approaches that consider the role of people as well as place. We highlight several accessible tools and strategies that health practitioners can engage to improve regional and local systems that influence child opportunity. The Child Opportunity Index is a population-level surveillance tool to describe community-level resources and inequities in US metropolitan areas. The case studies reviewed outline strategies for creating higher opportunity neighborhoods for pediatricians interested in working across sectors to address the impact of neighborhood opportunity on child health and well-being.