Where You Live Matters: Addressing Concentrated Poverty Neighborhoods

June 25, 2013 | Jodie Levin-Epstein

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In his just-released book, Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality, Patrick Sharkey explores and explains why mobility is most often an American myth for those who grow up in concentrated poverty, and how place based disadvantage can be passed on from one generation to the next. Starkey offers new data: fully 70 percent of those families living in concentrated poverty neighborhoods in 1972 are still living in similar neighborhoods some 40 years later. "Location, location, location" has implications beyond real estate; for example, location influences test scores and health outcomes. Starkey offers transformative policies that move towards a durable urban agenda.

RESOURCES:

Patrick Sharkey:

Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality

The Urban Fire Next Time

Poverty and Race Research Action Council:

New Homes, New Neighborhoods, New Schools: The A Progress Report on the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program

Furman Center:

Pathways to Integration: Examining Changes in the Prevalence of Racially Integrated Neighborhoods

The High Cost of Segregation: Exploring Racial Disparities in High Cost Lending

Do Federally Assisted Households Have Access to High Performing Public Schools?

Urban Institute:

Helping Poor Families Gain and Sustain Access to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods

Promoting Neighborhood Diversity: Benefits, Barriers, and Strategies

Building Successful Neighborhoods

Additional Resources:

Why Concentrated Poverty Matters 

Do Housing Vouchers Work?

Solving Urban Poverty: Lessons from Suburbia

Can Housing Policy be Good Education Policy?

Taking Aim at Gun Violence

Spotlight, along with PRRAC, the Furman Center, and the Urban Institute hosted a national audio conference featuring a discussion with Patrick Sharkey about new findings on concentrated poverty and potential solutions.

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