On the Edge


The American Assembly 

On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods is published by The American Assembly, a public policy institute founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University. For over 60 years, The Assembly has fostered non-partisan public-policy discussions through convening, research, and publication. In recent years, Assembly projects have made a wide range of contributions to economic, urban, and cultural policy, including projects on workforce development, financial regulation, and accountability and anti-corruption in journalism.

Today, the Assembly has two major program areas–Cities and Knowledge Economies–which focus on building the resources and networks needed to develop effective public policy in these areas.

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Community Development

The SF Fed’s community development team works with a wide range of organizations to create economic opportunity for lower income Americans. Addressing the complex, long-standing challenges that limit opportunity requires collaboration across sectors and disciplines. The SF Fed develops and connects best practices and emerging ideas with organizations best positioned to make meaningful change in communities. David Erickson, head of the Community Development Department at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, showed immediate interest in middle neighborhoods. David committed much time and effort to produce this volume in report form for the bank’s Community Investment Journal—and this book would not have been possible with out his early interest and support.