Resources for place-based field advocates to talk about our collective work – resident-centered neighborhood revitalization – and how best to execute it through the lens of racial equity.


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Executive Summary

Purpose Built Communities began over ten years ago as an organization, but our philosophy – that every neighborhood should have the resources and amenities it needs to be worthy of the people who live there – is more than twenty-five years in the making. We formed to bring our holistic model for impact to neighborhoods around the country experiencing historic and chronic disinvestment facilitated by federal, state, and local-level policies.

Where We Thrive navigates through the why, how, and what of our work. Each resource explores the meaning behind people, place, and race in the context of neighborhood revitalization and what is required of each of us to move it forward in a way that ensures all children, families, and the neighborhoods they live in can thrive.


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From years of research and refinement, our approach to neighborhood revitalization identifies five clear lessons:

  1. Racial equity must be a strategic priority and a core value.
  2. Resident voice and power must guide the work.
  3. A strong community quarterback organization is essential for success.
  4. Wealth building is fundamental to economic vitality.
  5. What we say and how we present this work is a moral imperative.

Where We Thrive
Launch Event

Watch the Purpose Built Communities and FrameWorks Institute teams introduce and explain the Where We Thrive resources.

Where We Thrive is as much a story about collaboration and community building as the work itself.

Purpose Built Communities and the Purpose Built Network produced this extensive body of work alongside vital strategic partners, including the FrameWorks Institute. Support for the narrative research is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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Purpose Built Communities is supported by:

Ballmer Group
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Blue Meridian Partners
Cousins Foundations
GA Power
KPMG Foundation
Warren Buffett