Urban Affairs

The Windy City Path: Funding the Future of Transit In Chicago

A transportation analyst sums up how far the city has come on restructuring its transit infrastructure---and how far it has yet to go.

Pulling the Purse Strings: Choice and Competition in Public Schools

Urban school districts spend to compete.

Cities Insecure: Urban Poor in Times of Rising Food Prices

The pricey downside of life in the city.

Browner Pastures

Brownfield makeovers aren't glamorous for everyone.

Flooding the Urban Food Deserts

A new Chicago start-up hopes to fill up the city's food deserts with a new approach---and with sound policy.

Disparities in Home Are Disparities in Health

Disparities in Home Are Disparities in Health

A family’s housing reality is often viewed as an index of its economic situation. However, Brian Jacob, Jens Ludwig, and Douglas Miller's new NBER working paper joins a groundswell of research that demonstrates that housing situations are in fact proxies for much more than one’s socioeconomic status.

Where Are Charters the Answer?

Where Are Charters the Answer?

Charters are commonly seen as the answer to urban school districts’ troubles. However, it appears that they are not the answer to education issues everywhere, and may not be the answer at all.

Greening the Rust Belt

Greening the Rust Belt

As the economy struggles to rebound and the foreclosure crisis takes its toll on American cities, vacant land and abandoned buildings continue to abound. For America’s once-great manufacturing cities, the impact has been even greater as metropolitan areas throughout the Midwest struggle to find an identity in a post-industrial world. In the article "Can cities become self-reliant in food?" Sharanbir Grewal and Parwinder Grewal suggest that urban agriculture may provide a solution to both of these woes.

Immergluck and the Evolution of the FHA

Immergluck and the Evolution of the FHA

Some might like to blame George Bush’s “ownership society,” with its emphasis on homeownership as a cure-all for social ills of all kinds, for the intrusion of the federal government into the housing and mortgage markets. But as Dan Immergluck explains in his recent article, government agencies – particularly the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – have played significant, and varied, roles in homeownership since World War II.

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