Season 1, Episode 9

Full Circle

The final episode of Season One tells the story of Jamese Pinkston, who returned to the neighborhood where she was born and raised in Charlotte to help her neighbors have access to the opportunities to succeed and thrive that she was lucky to have. Hear her describe why she has the “best job in the world.” Listen


Our Take: “Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life”

This tenet of our work was brought into sharp focus in a recent article in The New York Times, “Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life,” by Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui. The article highlights data from the Census Bureau and researchers at Harvard and Brown universities that offer a long … Continue Reading →


Renaissance West Community Initiative in Charlotte, North Carolina

Founded in 2012, the Renaissance West Community Initiative formed to coordinate momentum from a range of partners to turn a public housing development in West Charlotte into a neighborhood that is purposefully designed to help residents succeed. More than 300 mixed-income housing units have been built and are fully leased. A health alliance focused on holistic, place-based care formed in 2016. A new K-8 STEAM school opened in 2017 and an early childhood education center opened the following year, representing enormous steps toward a cradle-to-career education continuum. Watch


Renaissance West Community Initiative

The Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI), the community quarterback and Purpose Built Communities Network Member working to revitalize the old Boulevard Homes community in Charlotte, NC, was recently featured at the Foundation for the Carolinas' Annual Meeting, which attracted a sell-out crowd of 1,500 people to the Convention Center in uptown Charlotte. The Foundation produced three excellent videos about RWCI that explain their story and how they are implementing the Purpose Built Communities model in Charlotte. Watch


Blazing New Trails within Public Schools

Several Purpose Built Communities Network Members are blazing a new trail within traditional public school systems. Hear how they are tackling change to achieve better results for the children in their neighborhoods.
Moderator: Carol Naughton, President, Purpose Built Communities, Panelists: Laura Clark, Executive Director, Renaissance West Community Initiative, Sally Mackin, Executive Director, Woodlawn Foundation,
Othello Meadows, Executive Director, 75 North, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Omaha Watch


Spotlight on Charlotte: Interview with Laura Clark of the Renaissance West Community Initiative

The Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI), the Purpose Built Community in Charlotte, NC, is making progress on all fronts – housing, education and community wellness. Strong partnerships have been critical to their success, leading to innovative collaborations with the Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District (CMS). We spoke recently with Laura Clark, … Continue Reading →