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How a community can own a resource

July 13, 2010

For those of us at the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Peter Levine’s thoughts on How a community can own a resource are especially interesting. Last January, the Center for Democracy and Citizenship took over management of the Baker Center, which was previously managed by the City of Saint Paul as a rec center. (The city retains ownership of the building.)

Our staff, who have deep ties to the West Side through the Jane Addams School for Democracy and Neighborhood Learning Community, are working with residents and others who care about the neighborhood to make Baker a vital asset that truly belongs to the community. What started as a creative solution to a city budget problem could become a model for a different way of managing a common resource.

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