July 25, 2017 | ceosforcities.com | PDF by Paul C. Brophy Researchers at the Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia report that 48 percent of central city residents in the United States live in “middle neighborhoods.” These neighborhoods are generally affordable and attractive and they offer a reasonable quality of life, but many are in danger of […]
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July 27, 2017 | HuffingtonPost.com | PDF by Rep. Dwight Evans & Paul C. Brophy Researchers at Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia report that 48 percent of city residents in the United States live in “middle neighborhoods.” These neighborhoods are generally affordable and functional, and they offer a reasonable quality of life, but many are in […]
July 1, 2017 | Forbes.com by Eric Sherman Discussions of income inequality frequently focus on the extremes — the poor versus the ultra-wealthy. However, as the reaction of voters in both parties should have reminded everyone last year, many places between the two poles are hurting and need attention. I spoke recently with Representative Dwight […]
June 21, 2017 | billypenn.com | PDF by Mark Dent When urban policy experts Paul Brophy and Ira Goldstein and a few colleagues recently came up with the term middle neighborhood to describe areas of cities that are relatively stable but at risk of decline, they envisioned the meeting held Tuesday afternoon by City Council. […]
May 23, 2017 | billypenn.com | PDF by Mark Dent In early February, Temple University hosted a small gathering where urban development experts Ira Goldstein and Paul Brophy told politicians about Philadelphia’s middle neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are where about 45 percent of our population lives, mostly-stable areas at risk because they’re not getting privately developed […]
May 15, 2017 | NextCity.org | PDF by Sandy Smith Meet Diane Richardson, achiever of the American dream. A Penn State graduate and the owner of a business that helps homeless veterans, Richardson followed a common trajectory for a child of the civil rights-era black middle class: She grew up in working-class neighborhoods alongside mostly […]
April 27, 2017 | St. Louis Public Radio | PDF by Kelly Moffitt There are neighborhoods in St. Louis that are thriving and those that are very much struggling, but what about neighborhoods that fall somewhere in the middle? On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, we discussed the idea of “middle neighborhoods,” which comes from […]
March 17, 2017 | Philly.com | PDF by Inga Saffron They’re not among the star neighborhoods that can boast slick new townhouses and trendy bars serving craft beer. But they’re not blighted messes, either, forever struggling with drugs and shootings. These places are poised somewhere between success and failure. And they have a catchy name: […]
March 9, 2017 | billypenn.com | PDF by Mark Dent Two weeks ago at Temple, researcher Paul Brophy gave a discussion about Philadelphia’s seemingly stable but at-risk middle neighborhoods and noted our city had no plan for them. He talked about the need for advocates to step up, directly calling out local politicians to do […]
March 9, 2017 | BillPenn.com | PDF by Mark Dent Two weeks ago at Temple, researcher Paul Brophy gave a discussion about Philadelphia’s seemingly stable but at-risk middle neighborhoods and noted our city had no plan for them. He talked about the need for advocates to step up, directly calling out local politicians to do […]
Middle neighborhoods are a category of neighborhoods in US cities that are neither clearly healthy and thriving, nor overtly distressed.
Since the book’s release in November 2016, a series of events supported by The American Assembly have been held across the country as city leaders and neighborhood activists seek solutions.
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