Affordable Housing and Civic Participation: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Goutam U. Jois
affiliation not provided to SSRN
March 10, 2007
Journal of Public Law, Vol. 22, No. 1
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 40
Keywords: affordable housing, community development, civic engagement, urban policy
Date posted: March 13, 2007