Urban Affairs

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.

No Longer Locked In

The ACA weakens the link between employers and access to health insurance. What will the labor market implications be?

Wheels in Motion: Should Cities Get Behind Car Sharing?

A new study explores the ups and downs of car sharing in a complex transportation market.

Understanding Mixed Messages in Baltimore’s War Against Crime

Baltimore’s attempt to replicate Chicago’s CeaseFire program presents less consistent outcomes with important lessons.

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