Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Community Investments Vol 22, Issue 1
Understanding the Different Types of Low-Income Neighborhoods

Author(s): Elwood Hopkins

Spring 2010

Community Investments

No one who has ever searched for a new apartment would suggest that all neighborhoods are the same. Some have rows of old houses and bungalows, divided into rentable units while others offer tall high rises with underground parking. Some neighborhoods are quiet and family-centered; adults commute elsewhere to work, and schools and playgrounds are the only sites of daytime activity. Others are hipper, edgier. They come to life in the evening with street noise, restaurants, and shops that are open late. Some feel like cheerful places where positive changes are afoot. Others feel abandoned.

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