America’s Forgotten ‘Middle Neighborhoods’
They're neither distressed nor booming, but they're essential. Cities need to pay more attention to them.
Ira Goldstein is the president of policy solutions at Reinvestment Fund, a results-oriented, socially responsible community investment group. He has conducted detailed spatial and statistical analyses in many cities and regions across the United States that are used by local governments to craft policy responses and allocate scarce resources. He also has conducted studies of mortgage foreclosures and abusive lending practices. Much of that work supported civil-rights and consumer-protection cases brought by federal, state and local governments.
Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Goldstein was the mid-Atlantic director of fair housing and equal opportunity for the U.S, Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more than 25 years, he has been a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Urban Studies program. He holds Ph.D., master's and bachelor's degrees in sociology from Temple University.