Urban Affairs

Have Home, Won’t Travel: How Housing Values Impact Labor Mobility

The terms “economic mobility” and “social mobility” are used figuratively to describe ascending the wealth ladder, usually by accruing income....

Separate and Suffering: The Damaging Effects of Residential Segregation on Metropolitan Economies

This piece, first published on January 29, 2014, is being republished as part of the Chicago Policy Review‘s 20th Anniversary Series. Please visit us here to...

District of Change: Gentrification and Demographic Trends in Washington, D.C.

This piece, first published on July 23, 2014, is being republished as part of the Chicago Policy Review‘s 20th Anniversary Series. Please visit us here to...

Breaking the Cycle of Urban Poverty with Deanna Hallagan and LaToya Winters

In a candid conversation at Marillac House in East Garfield Park, Deanna Hallagan and LaToya Winters advocate for the importance of outliers in breaking the cycle of poverty on Chicago’s West Side.

Entrepreneurship: The Modern Day Crime-Stopper

A study finds that the growth of African-American-owned businesses in urban communities plays a role in decreasing the rate of youth violent crime.

Citizenship: An Urban Asset

Researchers at the Urban Institute find compelling economic benefits of naturalization for eligible immigrants and the cities in which they live.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Understanding Resistance to Neighborhood Densification

New research reveals that increased diverse and unknown social interactions are the main causes of resistance to neighborhood densification among residents of urban areas.

The Fight to End Blight: What Can Cities Do to Minimize Urban Deterioration?

A study demonstrates the effectiveness of urban containment policies in reducing city blight with the end goal of promoting population growth in downtown neighborhoods.

Stop, Look, and Listen: A Behavioral Approach to Reducing Teen Violence

A recent study finds that cost-effective behavioral intervention programs reduce crime rates by teaching teens to slow down and reflect before acting.

Good Neighbors: Addressing Race in Public Housing Integration

New research shows that perceived racial conflict is hindering the ability of black, public housing residents to integrate into predominantly white neighborhoods, an issue that the City of Chicago is doing nothing to address.

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