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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.
Chapter 12: Future Prospects for Distressed Urban Neighborhoods
Future Prospects for Distressed Urban Neighborhoods
With their economy and social fabric frayed by poverty, racial segregation, and other vast social forces, the older American industrial cities have been in sharp decline. Almost all are losing population and economic investment and are becoming homes to the poorest and most dependent residents of the metropolitan areas. Much of the population remaining in these cities lives in neighborhoods that provide poor educations, have high crime rates, and in every respect offer a lower quality of life than that enjoyed by other Americans.
Local and national leaders typically has responded to this crisis by attempts to stimulate investment, bring middle-class people back to the city, and develop heavily subsidized real estate projects in ...