Friday, July 20, 2007

Can't We Do Both?

This is the blog post version of an argument, which is to say short and relatively uninformed (though not entirely), but I'm not sure why there's an implied tension between these two approaches. Certainly there have been policies in place which have led to the concentration of poverty, which has been to some degree a bad thing. There have been other policies in place (as well as overall changing employment composition and other issues) which have led to certain types of jobs not being located near those concentrations of poverty. I see no inherent contradiction between policies which encourage a reduction in poverty concentration (especially by changing those policies which probably help cause it) and those which help revitalize those areas by helping to bring back the jobs.