Urban Affairs


What’s Race Got to Do With It? The Relationship Between Race and Health Outcomes in Segregated Neighborhoods

New research finds that race and ethnicity are important mechanisms through which neighborhood segregation affects self-rated health.


The Real Green Movement?: Taxation’s Impact on Fracking

New research looks at local governments’ willingness to ban hydraulic fracturing based on their potential revenue.


Policy Radio | Governor Edward Rendell on Efficiency and Effectiveness in Government

This week on Chicago Policy Radio, Julie Cooper speaks with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell on working with all levels of government to improve policy and infrastructure.


Another Path: Can school-based gang prevention programs show youth a way out?

An evaluation of the G.R.E.A.T. program, implemented as a school-based response to gang activity among youths, finds that students enrolled in the program are less likely than their peers to join gangs or have negative attitudes towards the police.


Save Money, Live Better? The Urban Carbon Emissions of Wal-Mart

Ongoing research suggests that the economic decisions that Wal-Mart makes may result in the optimization of its energy consumption and in turn a reduction in its carbon emissions.


Policy Radio | Rob Christie on the Affordable Care Act and Chicagoland Health Care

This week, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Rob Christie discusses the ACA and making health care accessible in Chicagoland.


Early Investment Equals Academic Success: How States Can Get the Most for their Education Program Dollars

Programs like North Carolina’s Smart Start and More at Four are producing better academic outcomes – and not just for the children in the programs.


Neighborhood Effects: The Influence on School Closures and Openings

New study finds that closing urban public schools can lead to educational alternatives that increase segregation.


Policy Radio | Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer on Addressing the Challenges of Vacant Properties

This week, Julie Cooper speaks with Cook County’s 10th District Commissioner Bridget Gainer about vacant properties in Cook County, the role of the Cook County Land Bank in dealing with those properties, and what opportunities the County has to adapt its residential land use to current demographic trends.


The Estrogen Empire: Mayor Freeman-Wilson on Women in Politics

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson speaks candidly about underrepresentation of women in politics, what it really takes to run for office, and shares the best career advice she ever received.

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