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Geography of Opportunity

America's Racially Diverse Suburbs: Opportunities and Challenges (2012)

This study examines increasing racial diversity in the suburbs of the 50 largest metropolitan areas, highlights the opportunities and challenges this trend represents, and proposes policies to promote stably integrated communities.
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Twin Cities Opportunity Index (2007)

This analysis of municipalities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area shows variations in access to opportunity. The index combines 24 local characteristics measuring fiscal health, jobs/transportation, quality of life and education.
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The Segregation of Opportunities (2005)

This IRP report documents race, housing and opportunity in the Chicago region.
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Racial Integration and Community Revitalization (2005)

This article, published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, uses a New Jersey court case—In re Adoption of the 2003 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation—to illustrate the tension between the FHA and the siting preferences in the LIHTC statute. It highlights a deep legal and philosophical contradiction in the United States between civil rights guarantees—particularly the duty to affirmatively further fair housing—and state and federal low-income housing policy.
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Land Use and Housing Policies to Reduce Concentrated Poverty (2006)

This article, published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, recommends that land use and housing policies be marshaled to reduce residential racial segregation and concentrated poverty. Such policies should be statewide, or at least regional, in scope. Isolated policies encourage leap-frog development that in turn promotes both sprawl and racial segregation. It also argues that state legislatures must adopt coordinated policy approaches, using Oregon's comprehensive land use legislation as an example of policies that effectively promote affordable housing and decrease urban sprawl.
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"Governing American Metropolitan Areas: Spatial Policy and Regional Governance,"
by Myron Orfield and Thomas Luce, in Megaregions: Dissolving Spatial Boundaries (Catherine L. Ross, ed., Island Press, 2009)
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"Access To Growing Job Centers in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area,"
by Thomas Luce, Myron Orfield, and Jill Mazullo, CURA Reporter (36 Spring 2006)
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