This brief critically examines eight assumptions that underpin place-based programs:
- Distressed communities adversely affect the lives of their residents.
- One-size-fits-all solutions do not work given neighborhood heterogeneity.
- Local voice and accountability are moral imperatives.
- Solutions to local distress do not lie in a single outcome domain, approach, actor, or policy.
- A local organization can coordinate community revitalization.
- Efforts can overcome global, national, and regional challenges.
- Neighborhoods have tipping points.
- Residents stay in place long enough to benefit from revitalization; place-based efforts do not lead to substantial displacement.
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