The Dream Revisited: Moving Up or Moving Out

News & Events | July 14th 2015

Launched on Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this year, The Dream Revisited is a slow debate on the causes and consequences of racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools. It is presented as part of the NYU Furman Center’s year-long Integration Research Initiative.

The fifteenth discussion--Moving Up or Moving Out--explores the most effective ways to address concentrated poverty, focusing on policies that target both people and place. Essays in this discussion include:

  • “Move Up or Out? Confronting Compounded Deprivation” by Robert J. Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, and Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute.
  • “We Need a New National Urban Policy” by Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management; Global Research Professor at NYU and senior editor at The Atlantic where is he is co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab. 
  • “Leave No Neighborhood Behind” by Rosanne Haggerty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions.
  • "Jobs: The Missing Piece" by Michael Stoll, Professor in the School of Public Affairs, and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Share your questions and reactions to the essays on Twitter via the hashtag #TheDreamRevisited.

The Dream Revisited is presented as part of the NYU Furman Center's Integration Research Initiative and supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. If you have any comments or suggestions for future discussions, send us an email to

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