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Offering a new vision of community-based regionalism, this book arrives just as "smart growth" measures and other attempts to link cities and suburbs are beginning to make their mark on the political and analytical scene. The authors make a powerful case for emphasizing equity, arguing that metropolitan areas must reduce poverty in order to grow and that low-income individuals must make regional connections in order to escape poverty. A hard-hitting analysis of Los Angeles demonstrates that the roots of the unrest of 1992 lay in regional economic deterioration and that the recovery was slowed by insufficient attention to the poor. Regions That Work then provides a history and critique of community-development corporations, a statistical analysis of the poverty-growth relationship in seventy-four metro areas, a detailed study of three regions that have produced superior equity outcomes, and a provocative call for new policies and new politics.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures and Tables
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. The New Regionalism and the New Community Building
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. When Work Doesn't Pay: Poverty and Employment in Los Angeles
  2. pp. 17-52
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  1. 3. Disconnected Futures: Regional Strategies and Urban Revitalization in Los Angeles
  2. pp. 53-78
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  1. 4. Community Builders and Concentrated Poverty: Making the Regional Connection
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5. Only as Strong as the Team: Poverty, Equity, and Regional Growth
  2. pp. 97-124
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  1. 6. Regions That Work: Growth, Equity, and Policy in High-Performing Metropolitan Areas
  2. pp. 125-154
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  1. 7. Growing Together: Policies for Regional Prosperity and Equity
  2. pp. 155-182
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  1. Appendix A: Neighborhood Profiles
  2. pp. 183-190
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  1. Appendix B: Data Sources and Strategies for Chapters 5 and 6
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-232
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  1. References
  2. pp. 233-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-264
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