Urban Affairs

Commercial Success: How Obama’s Media Campaign Influenced the Election

Obama’s Director of Paid Media discusses changes in campaigning and how the campaign found success.

Policy Radio | Mayor Annise Parker on the Innovations of Urban Policy

This week, Michael Deheeger speaks with Houston Mayor Annise Parker about how her city is leading the charge toward innovative urban policy solutions.

The Metropolitan Revolution: An Interview with Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Mayor Annise Parker discusses the innovative nature of cities and the accomplishments of Houston.

A New Kind of Deal: Developing Private-Public Partnerships in a Modern Chicago

Chicago’s Commissioner of Transportation Gabe Klein talks about the role of private-public partnerships in cities today.

All Eyes on Reform: How Criminal Justice is Changing in Cook County

Juliana Stratton lays out the accomplishments and complexities of justice reform in a county struggling for change.

Was White Flight Good for African Americans?

White flight to the suburbs was a leading cause of rising black homeownership in the mid-20th century, according to new research.

Signing On for Employment: The Impacts of Broadband Internet Expansion

Access to broadband Internet leads to an increase in employment rates in rural communities and skilled-labor industries.

A Delicate Dance: Municipal Enforcement of Immigration Laws

Recent study finds that inconsistencies in local enforcement of federal immigration laws are a result of local governmental influence as well as additional political actors on the intergovernmental stage.

Your Mother-in-Law Should Take the “El” and Other Insights Into the Value of Public Transportation

The public benefits of mass transit resulting from a reduction in traffic alone outweigh the cost of public investment in infrastructure in the LA metropolitan area.

Rising Fuel Costs Drive Up Carpooling Rates

A new study finds that drivers respond to higher fuel prices by forming more carpools and finding substitute modes of transportation.

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