Areas of Opportunity in Opportunity Zones

October 24, 2019

After studying revitalization efforts in 11 cities across the U.S., Chris Benner, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Manuel Pastor, a professor at the University of Southern California, found that communities that spur equitable development for all of their citizens do it through deliberative efforts that put professionals -- those real estate developers, government officials and economic experts who actively profit from development -- on equal footing with residents, who bring expertise in what it means to live in the community.