Mixed Communities in England

Alan Berube
Alan Berube Interim Vice President and Director - Brookings Metro

May 1, 2005

The idea that new-build housing should accommodate a mix of incomes, ages, household types, and rental/ownership animates housing and planning policy in Britain today. However, efforts to promote economic integration are less prominent in the government’s strategies for improving poor neighborhoods or supporting existing communities. In the United States, by contrast, mixed-income strategies have transformed some of the nation’s most troubled neighborhoods into healthy, functioning communities. This report, published jointly by Brookings and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, reviews research evidence and policy experience from both the U.S. and the U.K. on the prospects for developing sustainable “mixed communities.”