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October 10, 2000

Congressional Briefing on How Neighborhoods Matter

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The importance of the neighborhood context was featured in a Congressional briefing on “How Neighborhoods Matter: The Value of Investing at the Local Level” that was held on Monday, September 25th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Room B-340 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Every day decisions are made based on assumptions about neighborhoods and their potential impact. Three experts shared their research findings about neighborhoods, and how and why neighborhoods matter above and beyond the individual attributes of the people who live there. Speakers addressed such questions as how neighborhood conditions are intertwined in producing health-related risks, how neighborhoods connect to different patterns of school achievement in children and youth, and how discrimination affects the quality of life and even the costs of living in neighborhoods.

The speakers included: Dr. Troy Duster, University of California, Berkeley and New York University, Moderator; Dr. Robert J. Sampson, University of Chicago; Dr. Min Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles and the U.S. Department of Education; and Dr. Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University.

This educational event was co-sponsored by the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). The American Sociological Association is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. COSSA is an advocacy organization for federal support for the social and behavioral sciences, and stands alone in Washington in representing the full range of social scientists.

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