A new case study done by researchers Bartley R. Danielsen, David M. Harrison and Jing Zhao examines relocation decisions made by families whose children are enrolled in a successful school. What the researchers found was that a good school is a very powerful attractor to families and that there is a very clear desire to move closer to good schools.
Over time, there are some pretty radical transformations that happen to an area after a good school gets established. Once blighted neighborhoods are now full of employment opportunities and affordable housing initiatives, just due to succeeding schools in the area.
Essentially, the research shows that the establishment of a quality school in a crime-ridden, blighted neighborhood could have a major positive effects. Establishing newer and better school options for our children is imperative to the development of our cities.
See the full report at EdChoice.org