The theme that emerged from the 1995 cycle, building coalitions, is demonstrated in a variety of ways by the winners. Creating urban excellence requires the participation for many entities and many actors. City Agencies and elected officials, for-profit and community developers, neighborhood action groups, financial institutions, and many others play a role.

RBA winners have in common a perspective that focuses on the community as a unity, working from the ground up to create excellence by building on strengths and resources rather than focusing on only problems.


  • Non-traditional Organizations—Building Coalitions for Urban Excellence
  • Six Parts of A Whole City
  • A New Role For Government
  • The Microwave versus the Crockpot—Differing Recipes for Community Development
  • The Importance of Design
  • Fighting Crime through Urban Design