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Equity, Growth, and Community

What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas

Chris Benner

Publisher: University of California Press
Imprint: University of California Press
Published: 10/2015
Pages: 366
Print ISBN: 9780520284418
eBook ISBN: 9780520960046


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In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. This book argues that lessons for addressing these national challenges are emerging from a new set of realities in America’s metropolitan regions: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides.