This study tests the premises and foundations of localism and local control in community-based development. Specifically, the study examines how community development corporations respond to their context through their policies, activities and programs. Activities and programs of three CDCs were studied and evaluated as to how closely they responded to the socio-economic context in each of the cities in which they operated. Socio-economic data for the cities was compared to the CDC's statements of activities. From these comparisons conclusions were drawn as to whether or not the CDCs activities reflected the contexts in which they operate. The study found that the three CDCs studied all devoted the majority of their resources towards alleviating the socio-economic variable that was most prevalent in that particular city. The three cases examined in this study support the theory that CDCs are responsive to their environment, the study also begins to support local control in community development.


Lewis, Arnold


Urban Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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