Over the years, both the public and nonprofit sectors have moved away from comprehensive, community-based planning strategies, lured by "quick fix" of a project-by-project development strategy. Unquestionably, these projects have directly benefited some poor individuals and families. More often than not, however, they do little to increase the economic vitality of the community in which the project is developed. To deal effectively with the issues of community disorganization and poverty and to broaden participation in the community renewal process, we must examine in today's light the originally envisioned community development corporation model and its principles. We need to plan, initiate, and implement community development programs and projects based on a thoughtful and well-integrated model that is cognizant of the social, physical, and economic dynamics in our society and within individual communities.
Shiffman, Ronald and Motley, Susan, "Comprehensive and Integrative Planning for Community Development" (1990). Partnerships/Community. 17.