A partnership with Northeastern University, “Inspiring Design: Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America” draws on the award organization’s national network.

North Landale Employment Network President and CEO Brenda Palms-Barber founded Sweet Beginnings to offer workforce training and employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated (57% of neighborhood residents are “justice-involved”). The program helps “take the sting out of re-entry,” providing more than 500 jobs and changing the narrative of the neighborhood from one of vacant land and weeds to beauty and opportunity. Christopher Bosso, Northeastern University professor of public policy and editor of Feeding Cities: Improving Local Food Access, Sustainability, and Resilience, observed that the stories offer compelling examples of ways that people are reconnecting urban spaces and communities with food and food production.


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