Introduction / Ronald F. Ferguson and William T. Dickens -- Reconceiving the community development field / Ronald F. Ferguson and Sara E. Stoutland ; comment by Bennett Harrison -- Swimming against the tide: a brief history of federal policy in poor communities / Alice O'Connor ; comment by Joseph McNeedy -- Power, money, and politics in community development / Margaret Weir ; comment by Peter Dreier -- Community development corporations: mission, strategy, and accomplishments / Sara E. Stoutland -- What "community" supplies / Robert J. Sampson ; comment by James P. Connell -- Security and community development / Mark H. Moore ; comment by Wesley G. Skogan -- Schools and disadvantaged neighborhoods: the community development challenge / Clarence Stone, Kathryn Doherty, Cheryl Jones, and Timothy Ross ; comment by Gary Orfield -- Rebuilding urban labor markets: what community development can accomplish / William T. Dickens ; comment by Rebecca M. Blank -- The economics of housing services in low-income neighborhoods / Kenneth T. Rosen and Ted Dienstfrey ; comment by Anthony Downs -- Inner-city business development and entrepreneurship: new frontiers for policy and research / Ross Gittell and J. Phillip Thompson ; comment by Peter B. Doeringer -- Evaluating community development programs: problems and prospects / Peter H. Rossi ; comment by Judith M. Gueron -- Conclusion: social science research, urban problems, and community development alliances / Ronald F. Ferguson. "Can community development actually help solve long-standing urban problems? And, based on social science analyses, what kinds of initiatives can make a difference?" "This book surveys what we currently know and what we need to know about community development's past, current, and potential contributions. The authors - economists, sociologists, political scientists, and a historian - define community development broadly to include all capacity building (including social, intellectual, physical, financial, and political assets) aimed at improving the quality of life in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. The book addresses the history of urban development strategies, the politics of resource allocation, business and work force development, housing, community development corporations, informal social organizations, schooling, and public security."--Jacket.