chapter  6
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Putting Community Equity in Community Development: Resident Equity Participation in Urban Redevelopment

Property is inextricably bound up in a network of economic and social relationships. Regulating the negative externalities of land use that traverse legal boundaries and impose social costs on neighbors lies at the heart of much of our land use law.2 Cities are comprised of neighborhoods, within which communities sharing a geographic space over time establish that “small-scale, everyday public life” and learn to manage themselves through working relationships and voluntary association. Jane Jacobs called this the “irreplaceable social capital” that gave cities their life, as she railed against modern urban planning for destroying that cooperative condition and thus the trust and social control necessary to viable neighborhoods within big cities.3