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Allen Serkin & Stephen Whitlow, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This report examines distressed communities in North Carolina, and concludes that pockets of poverty at the center of its largest cities are often overlooked by policy makers. Using Census data at the tract level to pinpoint distressed urban communities, the report challenges the notion that economic distress in North Carolina is primarily a rural problem. The report presents evidence to show that there are areas of extreme privation in North Carolina cities, and that these areas rival, if not surpass, the conditions prevalent in rural North Carolina. Prepared for the North Carolina Metropolitan Coalition. February 2005. PDF file of this publication