The 1995 winners have in common a perspective that focuses on the community as a unit, working from the ground up by building on strengths and resources rather than focusing only on problems.

Building Coalitions for Urban Excellence: the 1995 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence includes detailed case studies and lessons learned about the winning projects including:

  • Maya Angelou Community Initiative in Portland, Oregon
    A supportive, long-term, affordable housing community for female-headed families
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston, Massachusetts
    A community-based initiative that revitalized an underserved neighborhood
  • Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center in Brooklyn, New York
    A nonprofit cooperative supporting artisan businesses and entrepreneurship
  • Harlem Meer in New York, New York
    Restoration of the northeast corner of Central Park
  • Lowertown in St. Paul, Minnesota
    Transformation of a historic warehouse district into a thriving urban village

Lessons Learned themes include:

  • Non-tradition Organizations–Building Coalitions for Urban Excellence
  • Six Parts of a Whole City
  • A New Role for Government
  • Leadership and Decision Making Styles
  • The Microwave versus Crockpot–Differing Styles for Community Development
  • The Importance of Design
  • Fighting Crime through Urban Design