The Harlem Children’s Zone has received no shortage of attention, even from the likes of President Obama and Prince Charles (shown here during a visit in 2007). But is enough data in on this ambitious, costly effort? And can it be successful in other places with the help of a federal start-up grant?
Those are issues that reporter Helen Zelon explores in “Hope or Hype in Harlem?” a thoughtful, in-depth report published in the City Limits magazine.
“Not every neighborhood could claim the deep, dense financial and political resources that have nurtured the Harlem Children’s Zone,” she writes. “Not everyone has a homegrown Geoff Canada to lead the way.”
You have to pay $5 to access the whole story, but if you’re interested in the subject it’s well worth it. (And, of course, you’d be doing your part to support quality journalism…)
From what you know already about the Harlem Children’s Zone — and what you’ve gleaned from the City Limits piece — what do you think this model could do for Oakland kids and families? What would need to happen for it to work here?
On a side note: After you’ve finished Steven Weinberg’s recommendation, you might check out Paul Tough’s “Whatever It Takes.” Have you read it?