Community Development Investment Review

August 23, 2016

The Case for Intervention in Middle Neighborhoods


As compared with places that are gentrifying or experiencing concentrated disadvantage, middle neighborhoods have been largely ignored by urban scholars and planners. This oversight must be rectified because middle neighborhoods play a vital role in the overall health of a city and in the well-being of its poorest citizens, even if they do not live in them. This chapter establishes a rationale for why scholars and policymakers should seriously consider middle neighborhoods as a locus of potential policy innovation and intervention.

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