Urban Affairs

The Mystery of Concentrated Poverty: The Hidden Role of Cross-Race Income Segregation

In American cities, economic and racial segregation play a dual role in perpetuating concentrated poverty.

School Closures: Lucked out or Locked out?

Does moving students into better performing schools increase achievement or just cause disruption?

From East to Mid-West: Boosting Chicago’s Economy through Foreign Investment

Attracting foreign direct investment will maintain Chicago's competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Alleviating Poverty with Pavement?

Authors investigate the role infrastructure improvement can play in improving outcomes for the developing world's urban poor

Stand and Deliver: A Historical Perspective on Chicago’s Teachers Union Strike

Understanding Chicago's teacher union strike and its impact from a historical context.

A Leg Up or a Boot Out?

Are school closures improving student achievement or just moving kids around?

The Regulators

How should policymakers approach regulation in settings with weak institutions

An Insider’s Persceptive of Chicago Public Transit: A Conversation with James LaBelle

Metropolis 2020's Vice President and a Metra Board member discusses the state of Chicago public transit affairs from Bus Rapid Transit to fare raises.

Housing Booms and Manufacturing Busts: Hidden Job Loss in the U.S.

Authors locate the cause of the great recession in hidden weaknesses in the U.S. manufacturing sector

Cubbies and Civil Rights: A Conversation with Chicago Alderman Thomas M. Tunney

Alderman Thomas Tunney runs the 44th Ward like he runs his restaurant: by providing quick, efficient, and friendly service to the community.

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