Front Cover

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pp. 1-1

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pp. 2-5

Title Page

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pp. 6-6

Copyright Information

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pp. 7-7

Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-x

In January 1964 President Lyndon Johnson spoke to Congress and the American people to announce that the United States was declaring a war against poverty: “It will not be a short or easy struggle,” said Johnson. “No single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

We first got into the issue of suburban poverty by accident. We came to the Metropolitan Policy Program to study the social issues facing cities and regions, most notably poverty, and to advance public policy that addresses them. Both of us were motivated to pursue this line of work by journalists such as Alex Kotlowitz ...

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1. Poverty and the Suburbs: An Introduction

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pp. 1-12

Drive about forty-five miles east of San Francisco, tracing a route across the Bay Bridge, through the Caldecott Tunnel outside Oakland, past the wealthy suburbs of central Contra Costa County, and along the California Delta Highway that eventually leads to the state’s Central Valley. ...

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2. Suburban Poverty, by the Numbers

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pp. 13-36

Lakewood, Ohio, hugs the city of Cleveland’s northwest border. It is an architecturally diverse community. Some of its 50,000-plus residents live in Tudor homes in beautiful neighborhoods along Lake Erie. Others live in high-rise apartment buildings in the city’s nearby Gold Coast section. ...

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3. Behind the Numbers: What's Driving Suburban Poverty?

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pp. 37-54

The communities of South King County, Washington, inhabit the shadows of one of the nation’s leading economic lights: Seattle. Yet some of the most intense demographic and economic changes happening in America today are occurring in those shadows. ...

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4. The Implications of Suburban Poverty

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pp. 55-76

On Pittsburgh’s eastern border lies the suburban city of Penn Hills, the second-largest community in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Penn Hills came of age in the mid-twentieth century as a middle-class bedroom community for workers and managers at the nearby Westinghouse Electric Company, among other once-significant Pittsburgh-area firms. ...

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5. Fighting Today's Poverty with Yesterday's Policies

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pp. 77-95

Chicago, America’s “second city,” has been getting a second look recently, with the election in 2011 of its first new mayor in more than two decades, the emergence of more of its corporations on the global stage, and the 2012 reelection of one of its own as president of the United States. ...

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6. Innovating Locally to Confront Suburban Poverty

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pp. 96-112

Montgomery County, Maryland—a suburban county adjacent to the nation’s capital—consistently ranks among the country’s wealthiest counties. In 2010, it ranked twelfth in the nation for median household income at more than $89,000, well above the $50,000 national median. ...

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7. Modernizing the Metropolitan Opportunity Agenda

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pp. 113-144

In November 2011, a group of representatives from local organizations met in Bay Point, California, one of the Cities of Carquinez at the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area. All of the participants, who included professionals in workforce development, homelessness and hunger prevention, legal aid, human services, philanthropy, and community organizing, ...

Notes

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pp. 145-160

Index

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pp. 161-170

Back Cover

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pp. 191-191