Affordable Housing and Civic Participation: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Journal of Public Law, Vol. 22, No. 1

40 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2007  

Goutam U. Jois

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Date Written: March 10, 2007

Abstract

Over the past several decades, America's inner cities have deteriorated socially, economically, and politically. Simultaneously, civic engagement, almost by any measure, has been on the decline: Americans vote less and volunteer less, go out to dinner with friends less and attend PTA meetings less.

In this Article, I argue that the two phenomena are linked, at least from the perspective of remedies. Specifically, by rebuilding our inner cities to promote mixed-use, mixed-income development, we can revitalize some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in our country while simultaneously engendering the mechanisms to foster increased civic engagement in our participatory democracy.

Keywords: affordable housing, community development, civic engagement, urban policy

Suggested Citation

Jois, Goutam U., Affordable Housing and Civic Participation: Two Sides of the Same Coin (March 10, 2007). Journal of Public Law, Vol. 22, No. 1 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=970011

Goutam U. Jois (Contact Author)

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