How can a metro embrace and build on the strengths of its immigrant communities?

The Metropolitan Revolution: Houston

Demographic Fast-Forward

Sources: Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, “Ten Economic Facts About Immigration” (The Hamilton Project, 2010); Giovanni Peri and Chad Sparber, “Task Specialization, Immigration, and Wages” (University of California-Davis, 2009).

Changing Gulfton & Pasadena

The Changing Geography of Poverty: Poverty in Houston has spread over the past thirty years, with dense pockets of poor people now living throughout the metropolitan area. (Source: Brookings analysis of U.S. Census and American Community Survey data.)

Building on Strengths

Angela Blanchard: “Before we undertook a campaign to invest in Gulfton, everybody had told us what a terrible neighborhood it was. But none of it spoke to how to move forward.”
Appreciative Inquiry: Neighborhood Centers Inc. attributes its success to the Appreciative Inquiry model, which builds on strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses. (Source: Neighborhood Centers Inc.)

Giving The People What They Want

Angela Blanchard: “People began having those deep conversations with one another about what dreams and hopes they had.”

The “Magic Bus”

Adonias Arevalo: “They gave me such a big opportunity to be able to share my talents … teaching English, teaching computers…. I love being a teacher.”

Working at the Metro Scale

Strength Through Partnerships: Neighborhood Centers Inc. partners with organizations all over Houston. By banding together, service organizations are better able to meet community needs.

Building a Ladder

Angela Blanchard: “We are not going to buy or build our way into the next economy—we’re really going to educate and innovate our way there.”

The Takeaway

How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy — Book and iPad app available at http://www.metrorevolution.org

How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy — Book and iPad app available at http://www.metrorevolution.org