47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 9:40am - 11:05am
FR9.40.01 Understanding Neighborhood Change

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Neighborhoods are “pulling apart” in American cities: while some older neighborhoods are experiencing economic uplift, often driven by the attraction of young professionals to urban life, many neighborhoods are suffering from declining population and increasing vacancies. How do we explain these contradictory trends and what kinds of interventions can be effective in promoting more economically and racially balanced and stable neighborhoods? Too often, neighborhood research has been ensconced in disciplinary silos, relying on limited quantitative data and failing to take into account the broader context that influences neighborhood change. Scholarly neighborhood research is often overly deterministic, leaving little room for effective interventions. It can also be overly generalized, and unable to take into account the local and regional context of action. This panel highlights research that is interdisciplinary, utilizes both qualitative and quantitative techniques, and places neighborhoods in the broader regional and city contexts. One paper reviews the development of theories and methods for studying neighborhood change over the past century and makes the case for a synthesis of different approaches as outlined above. The two other papers report on research in Detroit, Baltimore, and St. Louis. One examines the role of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in filling lending gaps. The other combines quantitative and qualitative techniques to develop a model of neighborhood change that highlights the role of human agency in addressing uneven neighborhood development.

A Century of Neighborhood Research: What Have We Learned?
Todd Swanstrom, University of Missouri-St. Louis

What Factors Drive Neighborhood Revival: A Qualitative Look at Neighborhood Change
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress

Capital Flows, CDFI Roles, and Neighborhoods Patterns in Commercial, Industrial, and Multifamily Investment in Detroit

Brett Theodos, Urban Institute

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Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress

Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Todd Swanstrom

Professor in Community Collaboration and Public Po, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Brett Theodos

Urban Institute


Todd Swanstrom

Professor in Community Collaboration and Public Po, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Friday April 21, 2017 9:40am - 11:05am
Greenway Ballroom-A (2nd Floor)