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Why It Matters That Middle Neighborhoods Are Disappearing

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Socioeconomically and ethnically diverse, middle neighborhoods have tended through time to serve as home bases to working and middle-class families and represent springboards to upward mobility.

Some of today’s middle neighborhoods remain stable; some face gentrification. Yet many more are at risk of imminent, substantial decline.

In short, like the American middle class, the number of middle neighborhoods around the country appears to be shrinking. That’s a situation that concerns Scott Choppin, founder of the Long Beach, California-based Urban Pacific Group of Companies, whose specialty is the creation of urban-infill housing that workforce families can afford.

At present rate

“California is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis,” Choppin said. “Yet, despite the state’s dire situation, it would take some California jurisdictions more than 1,000 years before they meet their state-mandated housing goals.

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