On the Edge

On the Edge, a book edited by Paul C. Brophy, aims to stimulate a national dialogue about middle neighborhoods. Presented in a series of case studies and essays by leading policymakers, community development professionals, and scholars, this volume explores the complex web of communities transitioning—for better or worse—across America. The shrinking middle class as well as growing income segregation and inequality in the United States is the backdrop for this publication. On the Edge authors provide ideas for action and advocate for new and innovative community, housing, and education policies to better support on-the-edge neighborhoods and create opportunities for the millions of people who live in them.

“One way to think about middle neighborhoods is they are on the edge between growth and decline. These are neighborhoods where housing is often affordable and where quality of life—measured by employment rates, crime rates, and public school performance—is sufficiently good that new residents are willing to play the odds and choose these neighborhoods over others in hopes they will improve rather than decline.” —Paul C. Brophy, Editor of On the Edge

On the Edge

On the Edge
By The American

Edited by
Paul C. Brophy



“Anyone familiar with American cities will recognize middle neighborhoods. They are important components of diverse and changing urban settings. This book offers enlightening observations, analysis, and advice on middle neighborhoods that are useful to policy-makers, academics, urbanists, and city residents.”
—Tom Barrett, Mayor, City of Milwaukee



On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods

Georgetown University
Lecture Series
Monday, November 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m