Structural Isolation of the Poor in Urban America
Wiencek, Ellen A.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Young, Iris Marion, 1949-
Jobs-Plus Community Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing Families
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Ellen A.Wiencek is a member of the Class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]In this paper, I explore the reasons for which concentrated poverty is a consequence of the social, political, and market mechanisms at work in urban America. I then highlight the negative effects that result from living in a neighborhood of concentrated disadvantage and discuss the ways that these effects consequently perpetuate the existence of such neighborhoods. I conclude with place-based policy recommendations to mitigate the impact of high-poverty neighborhoods and empower city dwellers to works towards Iris Marion Young’s vision of the ideal city neighborhood.