Rachel ('18) is a staff writer for Urban Affairs. She is interested in economic development and housing policy.

Posts by Rachel Gordon

Looking out at the Dallas skyline from McKinney Ave in uptown.

A Collaborative Approach to Urban Economic Development

After decades of declining economic conditions and a mass population exodus from its urban center, St. Louis responded by forming...

Aerial view of Brooklyn and Prospect Park

Community Anchors: How Can Arts & Culture Improve Neighborhoods?

As many American cities try to determine the most effective mechanisms to revitalize their struggling neighborhoods, the concept of arts-led...

Crisis illustration

Technology as an Urban Solution to Economic Decline

Research shows that US cities recover more quickly from economic crises when they possess a workforce with a technologically diverse knowledge base that can be readily applied to related areas.

Portrait Of Male Owner Of Gift Store With Digital Tablet

Entrepreneurship: The Modern Day Crime-Stopper

A study finds that the growth of African-American-owned businesses in urban communities plays a role in decreasing the rate of youth violent crime.

Urban Blight

The Fight to End Blight: What Can Cities Do to Minimize Urban Deterioration?

A study demonstrates the effectiveness of urban containment policies in reducing city blight with the end goal of promoting population growth in downtown neighborhoods.

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Are Gayborhoods Driving Economic Growth in US Cities?

A study finds that US cities with significant concentrations of gay men have seen more rapid economic development of their downtown neighborhoods in recent years.