Town Planning Review

Jump starting Main Street: A case study of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI)

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (1), 83–110.

Abstract

This paper investigates linkages between social capital and physical capital as an approach toward capacity building. It examines the revitalisation efforts of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) communities with mixed outcomes. Various stages of capacity building in these communities can be attributed to the observed social capital and physical capital stocks. While areas with higher doses of social and physical capital built new capacities, neighbourhoods with lower stocks of social capital faced intense social divisions and factionalism. As an implication for public policy the paper concludes that investments on physical capital could sometimes become catalysts for generating or augmenting social capital.

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Arefi, Mahyar