The continued presence of community development primarily in historically disadvantaged locales, and serving historically disadvantaged populations, is neither unreasonable given the continued challenges they face nor altogether promising given the lack of progress against those challenges.
Alan Berube is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, DC. In addition to coordinating the Metro Program’s research agenda, Alan conducts research on the role and functions of U.S. metropolitan areas in a globalizing economy, poverty in neighborhoods and suburbs, and educational and skills of metropolitan workers. He has authored dozens of Brookings publications, including State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, and recent editions of the Global MetroMonitor, which tracks the economic performance of the world’s 200 largest metro economies. Prior to joining Brookings in February 2001, Alan was a policy advisor in the Office of Community Development Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.