Published June 7, 2016
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Kelly Patterson and co-authors on the publication of their article, "Neighborhoods of Opportunity: Developing an Operational Definition for Planning and Policy Implementation," in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy.
Patterson, K.L., Silverman, R.M, Yin, L. and Wu, L. (2016) Neighborhoods of opportunity: Developing an operational definition for planning and policy implementation. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 22(3): 142-153.
This article synthesizes existing literature to examine the emerging concept of neighborhoods of opportunity and places it in the context of past efforts to define neighborhood opportunity. Place-based and people-based approaches to urban revitalization and community development are linked to this concept. The place-based approach focuses on promoting inner-city revitalization in order to create neighborhoods of opportunity and the people-based approach focuses on connecting people to opportunities that already exist in the regions where they live. These approaches are examined in relation to how they influence emerging models for siting affordable housing in both distressed inner-cities and more opportunity rich suburbs that surround them. The article concludes with recommendations for a new tiered approach to place-based and people-based strategies for affordable housing siting in core city and regional contexts.