The University as a Partner: Rebuilding an Inner City Neighborhood

  • John I. Gilderbloom University of Louisville
  • R. L. Mullins, Jr. University of Louisville
Keywords: Universities, Community Revitalization, Partnerships


The University of Louisville's Housing & Neighborhood Development Strategies (HANDS) is a multifaceted program bringing the University's resources to bear on the problems of an impoverished African-American neighborhood HANDS includes case management, job training, leadership development, education, home ownership, and community design. A mixture of successes and failures was found in each program area. This article focuses on the Community Design Team, composed of graduate students, which provided technical assistance such as conceptual housing designs, smallscale master plans, zoning approval documents, and numerous other services.