This paper lays out a proposal to test whether a coordinated regional strategy—planned and executed over a decade and supported by residents’ voices and power—can reverse the 20th century legacy of segregation, disinvestment, and exclusion. We recommend investing in institutional capacity building, monitoring, and continuous learning to achieve and sustain real progress in improving neighborhood quality and access to opportunity. Specifically, we propose developing and implementing “opportunity neighborhood” plans in select metropolitan regions that test strategies to
- restore well-being and opportunity to historically distressed neighborhoods,
- preserve affordable housing in revitalizing neighborhoods, and expand access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods for people living in distressed communities.