Reducing Impacted Concentrations of the Poor In America’s Cities; Is it an “Answer?”

May 1992 / Abell Reports / Community Development

Deconcentration holds the promise of not only helping the poor; but also the suburbs they move into; and the cities they move out of.

Can American cities ever reverse their decline if the propor­tion of their population that is poor continues to increase? Programs designed to enable poor people to move out of economically impacted city neighborhoods and into the suburbs not only benefit the affected poor, but, arguably, also benefit the cities the poor leave. Such programs make it easier for those among the poor who choose to move out into the suburbs to do so. At the same time, they may well provide cities with a formula to enjoy a measure of relief from the burden of carrying a disproportionate number of a region’s poor.