Urban Affairs

More Questions than Answers: A Review of Gun Violence in Chicago

The University of Chicago Crime Lab released a report in January 2017 that details the sudden spike in gun violence that...

Paying for Lower Taxes: The Effect of a Place-Based Tax Reduction Program in Detroit

To combat poverty, state and local policymakers have increasingly turned to “place-based” policies that offer financial support, such as subsidies...

Where Children Live Matters: Housing Policy Effects on Education Outcomes

Social scientists have long suspected that the demographic characteristics and attributes of neighborhoods affect the educational outcomes of the children...

Understanding Recidivism Through Child Abuse and Mental Health

In 2016, Chicago struggled with the highest number of homicides the city has seen in more than a decade. Lawmakers...

Rebuilding the City: Why Some Neighborhoods Survived the Housing Bubble and Others Did Not

The Great Recession of the late 2000s impacted the lives of millions of people and caused upheaval in countless neighborhoods...

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...

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...

Demolition, Displacement, and the Effect on Children in Chicago Public Housing

Housing is the foundation of a family’s life. This basic need determines the surrounding environment, the schools children attend, access...

Breaking the Cycle of Urban Poverty with Deanna Hallagan and LaToya Winters

In a candid conversation at Marillac House in East Garfield Park, Deanna Hallagan and LaToya Winters advocate for the importance of outliers in breaking the cycle of poverty on Chicago’s West Side.

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.

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