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What Social Scientists Learned From Katrina | New Yorker


Social scientists find that leaving a dysfunctional urban neighborhood can transform a family’s prospects.
CREDIT ILLUSTRATION BY MATT DORFMAN / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY CAROL M. HIGHSMITH ARCHIVE / LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

If a group of poor Americans are stuck in a bad place, then either the place they are stuck in needs to be improved or they need to move to a better place. Over the years, there have been numerous efforts to advance the second of these approaches—experimental projects, government initiatives —but they have been hard to execute on a large scale. Then came the storm.

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