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Despite long standing efforts going back to the turn of the century when city planning and other reform movements emerged, the poverty and social problems of distressed urban neighborhoods in United States cities persist. This book looks at the progress that has taken place in many of the country's devastated areas. The book highlights examples of achievements made through community organizations and residents.

New York: Challenges Facing Neighborhoods in Distress
New York: Challenges facing neighborhoods in distress

Among the more than 100 neighborhoods that make up New York City's diverse mosaic, many have achieved national recognition for their extreme levels of abandonment, poverty, and crime. Legendary are the stories of the South Bronx, Harlem, and Red Hook, for example, which conjure up stereotypical images of devastation and ruin. These distressed neighborhoods are only part of the New York story, which also includes the elite enclaves of Park Avenue, Sutton Place, and Riverdale, among the most prestigious addresses in the world, and a large group of middle-income, working-class communities spread throughout the city's five boroughs.

Visitors to New York's distressed neighborhoods today might be surprised to see some of the changes ...

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