by Allen Leigh, contributor
sciencedaily.com reported on a paper by Peabody and University of Chicago researchers in a new report titled “Making Mixed-Income Neighborhoods Work for Low-Income Households.” The paper was written by researchers from Peabody and the University of Chicago for Cityscape, the primary publication of the U.S. Department of Human and Urban Development.
The paper reports on low income housing from the following viewpoints: neighborhood life, housing, social services, and employment. The sciencedaily article gives a link to the full paper and concludes its article with the following statement.
Mixed-income housing is not a failure, the researchers note. Low-income residents of these neighborhoods do benefit from living in buildings that are better maintained and more energy efficient than older housing units, and mixed-income neighborhoods do tend to be safer. But housing is only one piece of the puzzle.
I’ve never lived in a mixed-income neighborhood, and I’ve never had a positive attitude towards that type of neighborhood. However, this article has started me to think of the neighborhood from the viewpoint of all Americans not just those with backgrounds similar to mine, and I’m beginning to understand why many social scientists and politicians encourage mixed-income neighborhoods. However, I’m not yet ready to move to a mixed-income neighborhood.