Levin College Forum

Everyone Deserves to Live in an “Opportunity Neighborhood”: Pursuing Racial and Regional Equity in the American Metropolis

Edward Goetz, Professor
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

About the Forum

In recent years spatial definitions of equity have dominated policy ideas about urban inequality. It is impossible to read policy journals or talk to local officials without hearing about "opportunity neighborhoods" and the need to facilitate the movement of low-income people out of their neighborhoods and into areas of greater opportunity. In this talk Ed Goetz will examine how the concept of "opportunity neighborhoods" has been used and misused by officials and analysts alike. He will also talk about the assumptions of this spatial approach to urban policy and its limits. Ed will also examine how this opportunity language obscures the very real racial dimensions of urban inequality and what this policy approach means for addressing questions of racial justice.