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date: 06 December 2019

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This article examines neighborhood poverty in the metropolis, a perspective known as “new metropolitan reality”—as opposed to one that is fixated on the central city. It first considers three bodies of research that make it possible to understand neighborhood poverty in the metropolis: the political economy of place, the economic causes of concentrated poverty, and household mobility patterns. It then reviews recent population trends in the United States that support the metropolitan perspective on poverty. It also explores neighborhood poverty on the ground by focusing on ethnographic research on poor neighborhoods in particular places. Finally, it discusses research on the effects of poor neighborhoods on residents and asks whether current policy approaches are equipped to address the new metropolitan reality of poverty.

Keywords: neighborhood poverty, metropolis, new metropolitan reality, poor neighborhoods, political economy, household mobility, population trends, ethnographic research

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