Read What the Experts are Saying

The promise of the American experiment is not that we will make our extraordinary diversity “livable” but rather that we will make it a source of dignity, productivity, and human flourishing. In this indispensable and timely volume, some of the nation’s leading scholars and innovators show us the crucial role that housing and neighborhoods must play in that project — addressing the profound racial injustice and growing economic inequality that affect us all and threaten the very survival of that experiment.

- Xavier de Souza Briggs, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business, Public Service and Sociology at New York University
Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget


By limiting economic and social opportunities for a large number of Americans, residential segregation and institutionalized racism deeply constrain this country's economic potential. To embrace the promise of an America where everyone can participate fully requires neighborhoods that are inclusive and provide access to opportunity. This impressive volume, and its array of essays from a wonderful mix of new and established voices from across all sectors, could not be better timed. Herein lay a rich set of experiences, insights, and prescriptions for a more equitable path forward.

-Raphael Bostic, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


This volume is a must read for anyone grappling with how we create, support and sustain truly inclusive and equitable communities, integrated by income and by race. The essays range from provocative to practical, explicating the complexity and tensions in existing approaches while proposing new frames and strategies. With racial equity as an explicit goal, they provide the best thinking on how to undo the existing spatial system of exclusion in the U.S. 

-Kathy O’ Regan, Professor of Public Policy and Planning, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University
Former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


I have seen firsthand the transformative and catalytic impact of replacing concentrated, isolated public housing with healthy, vibrant, mixed-income housing.  But housing is just the beginning.  Creating healthy neighborhoods and healthy people must be the ultimate goal and outcome.  This collection of the best thinking and best practices on planning and developing inclusive, equitable mixed-income communities comes at an important time.  We get one chance in a generation to get it right. 

-Ismael Guerrero, President and CEO of Mercy Housing