Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Opportunity Urbanism: re-invigorating the urban middle class

- via Claiming Public Space

In the first decade of the 21st century, several critical analyses have emerged about the future of American cities. This paper attempts to lay out a new notion: that of “Opportunity Urbanism.” This concept stresses a region’s ability to create jobs,offer affordable housing, and present entrepreneurial openings to a growing and highly diverse population as the surest signs of urban vibrancy. It embraces the fundamental principle that one of the primary historic roles of cities has been to nurture and grow a middle class—to be an engine of upward social mobility.

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