POVERTY AND PLACE: A Review of the Science and Research That Have Impacted Our Work

Purpose Built Communities was founded in 2009 with the mission of replicating the success of a place-based community transformation effort that began in the mid-1990s in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta. Tom Cousins, Julian Robertson and Warren Buffett founded the organization, because they believed that this model of neighborhood revitalization could be replicated elsewhere and, by doing so, potentially influence the way the country addressed the issue of intergenerational urban poverty.