When we launched the Building Resilient Regions network nearly ten years ago, urban analysts and advocates had high hopes that regionalism would be the way to address the problems of metropolitan areas. Our task was to assess regionalism –– well aware of its vague definition –– as a strategy for addressing critical challenges facing metropolitan areas. We divided our network into four groups examining economic growth, infrastructure and fast growth, immigration, and poverty.
What have we learned? (more…)
By Sarah Reckhow and Margaret Weir, in Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects, volume 4, edited by edited by Margaret Weir, Nancy Pindus, Howard Wial, and Harold Wolman (Brookings Institution Press, February 2012)
In their chapter in this volume, Reckhow and Weir track the shift of poverty to the suburbs and document the lack of social services and philanthropic networks in those areas to support struggling families.
A Q&A with Weir, “The Safety Net is Thin in the Suburbs Despite Growing Poverty,” expands on the ideas in the chapter. This blog post, “A New Image for the Suburbs,” adds to the conversation.
Volume 4 in the series introduces and examines the concept of regional resilience. The authors illuminate how the walls that now segment metro regions into political jurisdictions must be bridged in order for regions to cultivate resilience. In addition to a thorough overview of both regionalism and resilience, chapters examine how a regional perspective plays out in the foreclosure crisis, immigration policies, transit-oriented development, and in extending the social safety net to the suburbs, where poverty is increasing but social services are not.
By Margaret Weir (forthcoming in Justice and the American Metropolis, edited by Clarissa Hayward and Todd Swanstrom)
Property Rights, Taxpayer Rights, and the Multiscalar Attack on and the State: Consequences for Regionalism in the United States
By Margaret Weir and Christopher Niedt (Regional Studies, vol. 44, no. 2, March 2010).