Restructuring the Philadelphia Region

Metropolitan Divisions and Inequality

Carolyn Adams, David Bartelt, and Ira Goldstein
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PB: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-897-5
Publication: Aug 08

HC: $81.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-896-8
Publication: Jul 08

Ebook: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-898-2

248 pages
6 x 9
47 tables, 38 halftones, 26 maps

Looking for regional solutions to local limitations of opportunity in education, jobs and housing

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Restructuring the Philadelphia Region offers one of the most comprehensive and careful investigations written to date about metropolitan inequalities in America’s large urban regions. Moving beyond simplistic analyses of cities-versus-suburbs, the authors use a large and unique data set to discover the special patterns of opportunity in greater Philadelphia, a sprawling, complex metropolitan region consisting of more than 350 separate localities. With each community operating its own public services and competing to attract residents and businesses, the places people live offer them dramatically different opportunities. The book vividly portrays the region’s uneven development—paying particular attention to differences in housing, employment and educational opportunities in different communities—and describes the actors who are working to promote greater regional cooperation. Surprisingly, local government officials are not prominent among those actors. Instead, a rich network of “third-sector” actors, represented by nonprofit organizations, quasi-governmental authorities and voluntary associations, is shaping a new form of regionalism.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgements Introduction: Expanding the Focus 1. Expansion, Decline, and Geographies of Inequality 2. Employment Opportunity 3. Housing Opportunity 4. Educational Opportunity 5. The Region's Communities and the Value Proposition 6. Who Takes Responsibility for Addressing Inequality? Appendix 1: Constructing the Community Typology Appendix 2: NAICS Coding for Industrial Classification Appendix 3: Lowest- and Higest-Achieving Districts: Organizational and Housing Characteristics Notes Index

About the Author(s)

Carolyn Adams is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.

David W. Bartelt (1945-2015) was Emeritus Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.

David Elesh is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social Science Data Library at Temple University.

Ira Goldstein is Director of Policy and Information Services for The Reinvestment Fund.


In the Series

  • Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Visions edited by David W. Bartelt

    Philadelphia has always been a city that has embraced a richness of voice and vision, defying attempts to define it in a one-dimensional frame. Books in this series, Philadelphia Voices, Philadelphia Visions, edited by David W. Bartelt, will give voice to the diverse communities and perspectives that help define the city, and to address public issues that the city's community, civic and academic leadership raise in the public arena. The series is interdisciplinary, encompassing discussions of social divisions, cultural heterogeneity, and the importance of popular culture as expressions of communities that critique, celebrate, and continually reconstitute the Philadelphia region.