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Expansion of Community Modeling: A Case Study in Park Hill, Denver, Colorado

Andrew Kirwin

Park Hill, a neighborhood of northeast Denver, Colorado, has a long history of ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. The economic boom in the Denver metropolitan area has created both good and bad effects. The community is currently unable to respond effectively to the increasing isolation of its members and the decreasing diversity. The cause for this is not a lack of programs, a lack of personal commitment, or a lack of potential funding. Rather, it is the difficulty of creating effective and consistent programs using existing volunteers and donated resources. In order to meet this difficulty, the community needs better coordination among stakeholders, improved structures for program implementation, and support, which will support efforts to acquire more resources. Using a new community assessment model – the Organizational Culture model, I determined that the first step in Park Hill is to improve communications among the various interests within the neighborhood.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 2, Vol. 19, Fall, 1999 pp 133 – 144

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