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Could gentrification be the answer to urban poverty?

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:07 PM by Donell Barnett   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 8:07 PM ]

A Brookings Institution article (Grabinsky & Butler, 2015) suggests gentrification may be the answer to concentrated poverty. The authors point out that wealthier suburbanites moving into impoverished communities may A) demand better services, B) have higher expectations for clean streets and reduced crime, and C) increase the tax base to fund such services.