Making Policy With Communities: Research and Development in the Department of Economic Development
Robert Giloth, who had been a community organizer in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, returned from PhD studies at Cornell in 1985 to assume the directorship of the Research and Development (R&D) Division within Robert Mier's Department of Economic Development. R&D was a unit free of service responsibilities; Giloth called it a "free space" and it was well situated to undertake studies of neighborhood initiated projects and interests: it undertook "collaborative special projects and problem solving with community groups [on] loan funds, resource recycling demonstrations, plant closing responses, business incubators, worker buyouts, and industry plans." Giloth suggests case studies in several of these topics.
Rutgers University Press
Previously Published As
Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods, Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel, eds. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991), pp. 100-120.