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Justice and the American Metropolis$
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Clarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676125

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676125.001.0001

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Creating Justice for the Poor in the New Metropolis

Creating Justice for the Poor in the New Metropolis

(p.237) 10 Creating Justice for the Poor in the New Metropolis
Justice and the American Metropolis

Margaret Weir

University of Minnesota Press

This final chapter focuses on rectifying the injustices that confront the residents of so many urban and suburban communities at the start of the twenty-first century. Efforts to reduce the economic significance of political boundaries have run into major political roadblocks. Only four metropolitan regions have adopted some form of tax-base sharing and only in Minnesota’s Twin Cities does the policy redistribute considerable revenue. In many metropolitan areas, ideas about regionalism have leaked into the area of civic debate and sparked conversation about the region. But because these ideas are so diffuse and hardly attract a powerful constituency, they have had little impact on the public regulations and policies that have turned metropolitan areas into a patchwork of separate and unequal jurisdictions.

Keywords:   injustices, residents, urban, suburban communities, metropolitan regions, regionalism, public regulations, policies

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