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Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects

Building Resilient Regions

edited by Margaret M. Weir, Nancy Pindus, Howard Wial, and Harold Wolman

Publication Year: 2012

The mission of the Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects series is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and scholars about the effectiveness of select policy approaches, reforms, and experiments in addressing the key social and economic problems facing today's cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas.

Volume four of the series introduces and examines thoroughly the concept of regional resilience, explaining how resilience can be promoted —or impeded —by regional characteristics and public policies.

The authors illuminate how the walls that now segment metropolitan regions across political jurisdictions and across institutions —and the gaps that separate federal laws from regional realities —have to be bridged in order for regions to cultivate resilience.

Contributors: Patricia Atkins, George Washington University; Pamela Blumenthal, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Sarah Ficenec, George Washington University; Alec Friedhoff, Brookings Institution; Kathryn Foster, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Juliet Gainsborough, Bentley University; Edward Hill, Cleveland State University; Kate Lowe, Cornell University; John Mollenkopf, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Mai Nguyen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California; Rolf Pendall, Urban Institute; Nancy Pindus, Urban Institute; Sarah Reckhow, Michigan State University; Travis St. Clair, George Washington University; Todd Swanstrom, University of Missouri, St. Louis; Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Wial, Brookings Institution; Harold Wolman, George Washington University

Published by: Brookings Institution Press

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Information

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Table of Contents

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pp. ix-x

The Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects series is designed to present evidence about the impacts of urban and regional policies in a format that is accessible to policymakers and practitioners as well as scholars. . . .

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-23

Urban and regional policy debates are often long on rhetoric but short on evidence about policy impacts. To redress that imbalance, the Brookings Institution, the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy and the . . .

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2. In Search of Regional Resilience

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pp. 24-59

Athought experiment: Imagine you are walking down the street one fine spring afternoon. Another stroller happens by and you nod pleasantly, whereupon the stroller hauls off and punches you in the gut. As you lay sprawled . . .

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3. Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures: How National Actors Shape Local Responses

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pp. 60-99

Since 2008 the United States has witnessed mortgage foreclosure rates not seen since the Great Depression. According to one estimate, between 10 and 13 million American homes will face foreclosure by 2014.1 Because . . .

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4. Struggling over Strangers or Receiving with Resilience? The Metropolitics of Immigrant Integration

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pp. 100-147

In April 2010 the Arizona legislature passed a law (Senate Bill 1070) that required law enforcement and public agency officials to determine the immigration status of individuals when they had “reasonable suspicion” that they . . .

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5. Bringing Equity to Transit-Oriented Development: Stations, Systems, and Regional Resilience

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pp. 148-192

As the United States prepares for the next fifty years of growth, many observers hope that transit-oriented development (TOD) will make regions more resilient in the face of rising fuel prices and demographic change. In some . . .

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6. Economic Shocks and Regional Economic Resilience

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pp. 193-274

Economic shocks to metropolitan economies occur periodically, although the effects of the shocks vary from region to region, as do regions’ adjustment to and recovery from them. In this chapter we examine the nature and extent of the . . .

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7. Building a Resilient Social Safety Net

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pp. 275-318

Ahalf century ago, when poverty stood atop the nation’s policy agenda, the federal government launched a remarkable period of institution building. With the declaration of the War on Poverty in 1964, the Office of Economic . . .

Appendix A

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p. 319-319

Appendix B

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p. 320-320


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pp. 321-323


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pp. 325-341

Back Cover

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p. 354-354

E-ISBN-13: 9780815722854
E-ISBN-10: 0815722850
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815722847
Print-ISBN-10: 0815722842

Page Count: 341
Publication Year: 2012