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Stunning Progress, Hidden Problems: The Dramatic Decline of Concentrated Poverty in the 1990s

Paul A. Jargowsky
The Brooklings Institute, Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy

May 1, 2003

For many years, the conditions of life in the poorest of poor neighborhoods have attracted the attention of filmmakers, journalists, and academic researchers. Each in their own way, these witnesses provide stark evidence about the devastating effects impoverished environments can have on those unfortunate enough
to dwell within them, and about how these effects spill over into society at large.