Brief Examining the Assumptions behind Place-Based Programs
Brett Theodos
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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.
Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Tags Federal urban policies Community and economic development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center