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Our study, "Inner City Neighborhoods That Work", looks beyond the usual emphasis on "poverty and problems," focusing instead on the significant but curiously invisible middle and upper middle class black homeowners in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant. Through in-depth interviews with a snowball sample of over fifty neighborhood homeowners, we explore a basic question, "Why do homeowners, no longer trapped behind the color line, live in a neighborhood that symbolizes urban poverty, crime and decay"?