M. Greenberg. “Was 1992-2000 the best of times for American urban neighborhoods?” The Geographical Review, 93(1), 2003, 81-96.
Abstract: A survey of about 400 New Jersey residents was conducted in zoo1 in order to determine whether people believed that their home neighborhood benefited during the unprecedented economic boom of the 1990s. In this analysis of public perceptions and trust, most respondents did not perceive that their neighborhood had improved. The strongest correlates of no neighborhood benetits were distrust of government officials and neighbors, low personal efficacy, and lack of civic engagement, as well as fair or poor neighborhood quality. These disillusioning results underscore the difficulty of maintaining healthy neighborhoods in low-trust environments.