Avis Vidal

Avis Vidal



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Urban Studies and Planning

Avis Vidal

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Urban revitalization in legacy cities

  • Community development and community capacity building

  • Urban economic development

  • Community organizing

  • Urban policy


  • Ph.D, Harvard University, 1982
  • M.C.R.P, Harvard University, 1973
  • B.A, University of Chicago, 1967

Selected publications

  • “Urban Redevelopment for the Middle Class?” The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty, Robert Rycroft, ed. (Santa Barbara: CA, Greenwood Press, 2016)
  • “Living Cities: The National Community Development Initiative; Reinventing Philanthropy to Serve Poor Communities,” in Ram A. Cnaan and Diane Vinokur-Kaplan, eds. Cases in Innovative Nonprofits: Nonprofit Organizations that Make a Difference. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2014
  • “Anchor-Driven Redevelopment in a Very Weak Market: The Case of Midtown, Detroit,” in Kelly L. Patterson and Robert Mark Silverman, eds., Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, 2013
  • "Urban Redevelopment," in Andrew T. Carswell, Ed, The Encyclopedia of Housing, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks CA, 2012
  • “Housing and Community Development,” in Lester Salamon, Ed., The State of the Nonprofit Sector, 2nd edition. The Brookings Institution, Washington DC, 2012
  • Beyond Housing: Growing Community Development Support Systems (with Langley Keyes). Urban Institute, Washington, D.C., 2004
  • Building Community Capacity (with Rob Chaskin, Prudence Brown, and Sudhir Venkatesh). Aldine de Gruyter, Amsterdam, 2001