Efforts to address the problems of distressed urban neighborhoods stretch back to the 1800s, but until relatively recently, data played little role in forming policy solutions. Published by the Urban Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the new book Strengthening Communities with Neighborhood Data documents how government and nonprofit institutions have used information about neighborhood conditions to change the way we think about community and local governance in America.
Erika Poethig, Urban Institute fellow and director of urban policy initiatives, moderated a discussion with the authors:
G. Thomas Kingsley, senior fellow, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Claudia J. Coulton, distinguished university professor and Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
Kathryn L. S. Pettit, senior research associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute