In March, the Congressional Black Caucus issued the report “We Have a Lot To Lose: Solutions to Advance Black Families in the 21st Century,” and among solutions for addressing economic disparity and lifting Americans out of poverty, was “build and strengthen middle neighborhoods across the country.” The report was presented to President Trump.
As part of its legacy cities work, The American Assembly has embarked on an initiative with the authors of its recent publication On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods and editor Paul Brophy to build leadership and support around the issue of middle neighborhoods. Middle neighborhoods are on the edge of growth and decline. They are generally more racially diverse, housing is typically affordable, and quality of life—measured by employment rates, crime rates, and school performance—is sufficiently good so that new home buyers are willing to play the odds. With a small amount of investment (or a little more neglect), middle neighborhoods can greatly impact the future of a legacy city, either tipping surrounding areas into deeper decline or stabilizing them.… Read More