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Metropolitan Contexts for Community Initiatives: Contrasts in a Turbulent Decade

Kingsley, G. Thomas and Williams, Ashley (2010) Metropolitan Contexts for Community Initiatives: Contrasts in a Turbulent Decade. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Those implementing community improvement initiatives recognize that conditions in their metropolitan areas have a powerful influence on what they can accomplish at the neighborhood level. A specific neighborhood workforce development strategy cannot be expected to yield the same result in a declining metropolitan labor market as in a metro where job growth is booming. An approach to bolstering neighborhood housing conditions that worked well in a metro with a generally strong housing market is not likely to be as successful in one where the average house price is plummeting. Differences like these, however, are seldom taken into account explicitly. The purpose of this report is to illustrate the wide range in conditions and trends that America’s metropolitan areas have experienced over the past decade to give community planners a basis for thinking about implications for their work. To ground the research, we highlight 14 metros that have been the focus for investment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation over the past decade: Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Des Moines, Hartford, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, New Haven, Oakland, Providence, San Antonio, Seattle, and Washington DC. As will be shown, these 14 are strikingly diverse along many dimensions and are reasonably representative of the diversity in circumstances that exist across America’s large metropolitan areas.

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Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Subjects: Practice
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Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 14:10
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 14:10
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3029

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