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Author Massey, Douglas S., author

Title Climbing Mount Laurel : the struggle for affordable housing and social mobility in an American suburb / Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson, David N. Kinsey
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 269 pages) : illustrations
Contents Location cubed: the importance of neighborhoods -- Suburban showdown: the Mount Laurel controversy -- Field of dreams: Ethel Lawrence homes come to Mount Laurel -- Rhetoric and reality: monitoring Mount Laurel -- Neighborly concerns: effects on surrounding communities -- All things considered: neighbors' perceptions a decade later -- Greener pastures: moving to tranquility -- Tenant transitions: from geographic to social mobility -- Affordable housing: suburban solutions to urban problems
Summary "Under the New Jersey State Constitution as interpreted by the State Supreme Court in 1975 and 1983, municipalities are required to use their zoning authority to create realistic opportunities for a fair share of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. Mount Laurel was the town at the center of the court decisions. As a result, Mount Laurel has become synonymous with the debate over affordable housing policy designed to create economically integrated communities. What was the impact of the Mount Laurel decision on those most affected by it? What does the case tell us about economic inequality? Climbing Mount Laurel undertakes a systematic evaluation of the Ethel Lawrence Homes--a housing development produced as a result of the Mount Laurel decision. Douglas Massey and his colleagues assess the consequences for the surrounding neighborhoods and their inhabitants, the township of Mount Laurel, and the residents of the Ethel Lawrence Homes. Their analysis reveals what social scientists call neighborhood effects--the notion that neighborhoods can shape the life trajectories of their inhabitants. Climbing Mount Laurel proves that the building of affordable housing projects is an efficacious, cost-effective approach to integration and improving the lives of the poor, with reasonable cost and no drawbacks for the community at large."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-259) and index
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Subject Housing -- New Jersey -- Mount Laurel (Township)
Low-income housing -- New Jersey -- Mount Laurel (Township)
Social mobility -- New Jersey -- Mount Laurel (Township)
Zoning, Exclusionary -- New Jersey -- Mount Laurel (Township)
Form Electronic book
Author Albright, Len, Jr., author
Casciano, Rebecca, 1979- author
Derickson, Elizabeth, author
Kinsey, David N., author
LC no. 2012047549
ISBN 1400846048 (electronic bk.)
9781400846047 (electronic bk.)
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