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Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty
Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs. The book's innovative methodology emphasi ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
(first published March 31st 2010)
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An examination and evaluation of a remarkably radical social experiment that moved poor people from public housing projects to other areas of the same city. Very good introduction of the problems of public housing, some causes of what they call "ghetto poverty", and the problems that the families who live in these projects face. Parts of this study and evaluation seem to objectify the participants and I wonder how effective this experiment is. Still, it's interesting to see how they measured res ...more