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Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb by [Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson, David N. Kinsey]

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Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"Winner of the 2013 Paul Davidoff Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning"

"Massey and his coauthors provide a concise, effective overview of exclusionary practices and their effects on residential segregation."---John R. Logan, American Journal of Sociology

"Impeccable. . . . Climbing Mount Laurel exemplifies social science at its finest―conclusively demonstrating through precise, thorough, thoughtful, and thought-provoking analysis how, for tens of millions of Americans, the path to the American Dream begins and ends at home."---Mark Rubinfeld, Journal of American Culture

"Upscale Mount Laurel loomed large in the New Jersey State Supreme Court's key fair housing decisions in 1975 and 1983. But the housing itself wasn't built until all of 2001. For years, locals protested hard that home values would fall and crime rates would rise. Douglas S. Massey and four other authors . . . meticulously document how this wasn't the case at all."---Katharine Whittemore, Boston Globe

"Climbing Mount Laurel is a welcome addition to the literature on housing mobility programs and neighborhood effects. Its methodological rigor and ability to avoid the pitfalls of spatial determinism are some of its key strengths, and the book should be of interest to scholars and practitioners of affordable housing, planning law, and program evaluation."---Aretousa Bloom, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

"Co-winners of the 2014 Robert E. Park Award, Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association"

"Sociologist Massey and his coauthors tell a remarkable story about the Ethel Lawrence Homes (ELH) project, an affordable housing project for low- and moderate-income minority residents in an affluent white suburb in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey. . . . They argue that the development of affordable housing projects for low-income minorities in affluent suburbs is an effective means to reduce race and class segregation, increase social mobility, reduce dependency, create better human capital, and achieve family well-being. A significant contribution to urban community studies and the literature on social policy related to housing in the metropolitan U.S.", Choice

"Climbing Mount Laurel should be on every planner's bookshelf for two key reasons. First, the book will likely serve as a fine, detailed study of a successful affordable housing project. Second, Climbing Mount Laurel can serve as a source of inspiration that economic and racial integration is possible in suburbia, but only when planners and developers pay attention to the big and little details."---Stuart Meck, Journal of American Planning Association --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"Ably linking social science, legal analysis, and policy discussion together, Climbing Mount Laurel is a much-needed book."―John Goering, City University of New York, Graduate Center --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 8043 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 280 pages
  • ASIN : B00DM460CI
  • Language: : English
  • Publication Date : July 21, 2013
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press (July 21, 2013)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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