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Climbing Mount Laurel:
The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb
Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson & David N. Kinsey

Winner of the 2013 Paul Davidoff Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Co-winners of the 2014 Robert E. Park Award, Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association

Hardcover | 2013 | $39.95 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691157290
288 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4 | 5 halftones. 34 line illus. 28 tables. 1 map.
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Under the New Jersey State Constitution as interpreted by the State Supreme Court in 1975 and 1983, municipalities are required to use their zoning authority to create realistic opportunities for a fair share of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. Mount Laurel was the town at the center of the court decisions. As a result, Mount Laurel has become synonymous with the debate over affordable housing policy designed to create economically integrated communities. What was the impact of the Mount Laurel decision on those most affected by it? What does the case tell us about economic inequality?

Climbing Mount Laurel undertakes a systematic evaluation of the Ethel Lawrence Homes--a housing development produced as a result of the Mount Laurel decision. Douglas Massey and his colleagues assess the consequences for the surrounding neighborhoods and their inhabitants, the township of Mount Laurel, and the residents of the Ethel Lawrence Homes. Their analysis reveals what social scientists call neighborhood effects--the notion that neighborhoods can shape the life trajectories of their inhabitants. Climbing Mount Laurel proves that the building of affordable housing projects is an efficacious, cost-effective approach to integration and improving the lives of the poor, with reasonable cost and no drawbacks for the community at large.


"Upscale Mount Laurel loomed large in the New Jersey State Supreme Court's key fair housing decisions in 1975 and 1983. But the housing itself wasn't built until all of 2001. For years, locals protested hard that home values would fall and crime rates would rise. Douglas S. Massey and four other authors . . . meticulously document how this wasn't the case at all."--Katharine Whittemore, Boston Globe

"Sociologist Massey and his coauthors tell a remarkable story about the Ethel Lawrence Homes (ELH) project, an affordable housing project for low- and moderate-income minority residents in an affluent white suburb in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey. . . . They argue that the development of affordable housing projects for low-income minorities in affluent suburbs is an effective means to reduce race and class segregation, increase social mobility, reduce dependency, create better human capital, and achieve family well-being. A significant contribution to urban community studies and the literature on social policy related to housing in the metropolitan U.S."--Choice

"Climbing Mount Laurel should be on every planner's bookshelf for two key reasons. First, the book will likely serve as a fine, detailed study of a successful affordable housing project. Second, Climbing Mount Laurel can serve as a source of inspiration that economic and racial integration is possible in suburbia, but only when planners and developers pay attention to the big and little details."--Stuart Meck, Journal of American Planning Association

"Massey and his coauthors provide a concise, effective overview of exclusionary practices and their effects on residential segregation."--John R. Logan, American Journal of Sociology

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Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xi
Preface xiii
Chapter 1. Location Cubed: The Importance of Neighborhoods 1
Chapter 2. Suburban Showdown: The Mount Laurel Controversy 32
Chapter 3. Field of Dreams: Ethel Lawrence Homes Come to Mount Laurel 51
Chapter 4. Rhetoric and Reality: Monitoring Mount Laurel 64
Chapter 5. Neighborly Concerns: Effects on Surrounding Communities 80
Chapter 6. All Things Considered: Neighbors' Perceptions a Decade Later 100
Chapter 7. Greener Pastures: Moving to Tranquility 121
Chapter 8. Tenant Transitions: From Geographic to Social Mobility 147
Chapter 9. Affordable Housing: Suburban Solutions to Urban Problems 184
Appendices 197
References 245
Index 261

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