M David Leeds
Majora Carter is a sought-after expert on urban revitalization. Her first projects, which earned her a MacArthur Foundation “genuis” fellowship, were in her native South Bronx, N.Y. Carter, 46, says, “You don’t have to move out of your community to live in a better one!”
Her life-improvement tips:
Talk to neighbors. If you see a problem, you’re probably not alone.
Look for support — there may be organizations in your area ready to help.
Celebrate each step, each small victory. Happy people attract allies.
Focus on projects that can be done quickly.