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Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb

Douglas S. Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson, and David N. Kinsey


Under the New Jersey State Constitution as interpreted by the State Supreme Court in 1975 and 1983, municipalities are required to use their zoning authority to create realistic opportunities for a fair share of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. Mount Laurel was the town at the center of the court decisions. As a result, Mount Laurel has become synonymous with the debate over affordable housing policy designed to create economically integrated communities. What was the impact of the Mount Laurel decision on those most affected by it? What does the case tell us about e ... More

Keywords: affordable housing, moderate-income households, low-income households, Mount Laurel, economic inequality, Ethel Lawrence Homes, neighborhood effects, family housing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196138
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas S. Massey, author
Princeton University

Len Albright, author
Northeastern University

Rebecca Casciano, author
Princeton University