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One of the first things we did as a newly formed organization is a Local Roundtable discussion on the topic of economic segregation. You can read the entire report here . Here are some of the lessons we learned:
Concentrated poverty is expensive to taxpayers.
Schools that serve neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty are more expensive to operate; research links living in high-poverty areas (independent of individual characteristics) with dropping out of high school, teen pregnancy, unemployment, and incarceration... all expenses the society ultimately bears.
City and suburbs succeed together & fail together.
Urban vitality requires "Inside Game, Outside Game."
...the inside game (thriving urban neighborhoods) succeeds because the outside game (controlling sprawl and growth) succeeds.
A healthy urban core is an economic anchor *for the region's economy,
according to the "suburban dependency hypothesis.
Tipping Points are fundamental to both causes and solutions.
Change, both negative and positive, can happen all at once if they seek a positive tipping point or avoid a negative one. By utilizing the power of a tipping point, little and possibly less expensive change can make a huge difference. Leaders can potentially harness momentum for much of the work that needs to be done by being conscious of the tipping point.
Act broadly on Whole Neighborhoods
Minimize scattering resources across numerous neighborhoods. Instead, focus efforts across all areas (infrastructure, schools, parks, transportation, neighborhood services, crime prevention) of identified at-risk neighborhoods perceived to be at or near a tipping point.
Don't underestimate the power of The Broken Window Theory
Practiced by New York City law enforcement in the mid 90's, aggressive action on smaller crimes such as vandalism and subway fare-beating is thought to have resulted in substantial drop in violent crime by concretely re-defining expectations of behavior.