Community Development Investment Review

August 23, 2016

Local Public Policy and Middle Neighborhoods


Middle neighborhoods have traditionally been the heart of American cities. They are the neighborhoods that working- and middle-class citizens call home. Every American city, regardless of size, has numerous middle neighborhoods. Despite their ubiquity, the number of middle neighborhoods in urban America is declining. This chapter describes how this trend poses a serious threat to American cities and should be an area of focus for local governments.

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