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Eliminating Exclusionary Land Use Regulations Should Be the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Author: Michael Stegman | August 19, 2019

Evidence is accumulating that the multiple layers of exclusionary zoning and land use controls are a powerful contributor not just to higher housing costs, but also to declining rates of economic mobility and productivity growth, and to widening disparities in the wealth of white and black Americans. In this Industry Perspectives paper, Senior Fellow Michael Stegman looks back at five presidential commissions and federal initiatives to eliminate local barriers to housing development....

The Economic Effects of Climate Change Adaptation Measures: Evidence from Miami-Dade County and New York City

Author: Seung Kyum Kim | May 01, 2019

This research examines the economic impact of climate change adaptation measures on the housing markets of two representative coastal cities in the United States located along the Atlantic Ocean....

Totally Familiar Yet Completely New: Opportunities for and Challenges to Integrating Disaster Risk Management in Community Development

Author: Susanna Pho | April 26, 2019

While community-based organizations (CBOs) have been engaged in preparing and responding to disasters for decades, there has been little research on how this disaster-related work affects their organizational capacities....

The Ingredients of Equitable Development Planning

Author: Alexander von Hoffman | March 11, 2019

Equitable development is a new form of community development and urban planning aimed at revitalizing disinvested communities and ensuring that all residents of urban places can shape urban development and benefit from economic growth in an equitable fashion....

Effects of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on Small Business Lending

Authors: Lei Ding, Hyojung Lee, Raphael Bostic | March 04, 2019

This study provides new evidence on the effectiveness of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on small business lending by focusing on a sample of neighborhoods with changed CRA eligibility status across the country because of an exogenous policy shock in 2013. ...

Mapping Over Two Decades of Neighborhood Change in the Boston Metropolitan Area

Authors: Alexander Hermann, David Luberoff, Daniel McCue | January 30, 2019

The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that together make up greater Boston have changed significantly in the last few decades. Between 1990 and 2016, the region has become more affluent and more ethnically and racially diverse. However, during this same period, increases in house prices and rents outpaced the growth in many residents’ incomes. Moreover, while many of these changes have occurred throughout the region, the pace and nature of change has been uneven across the region’s cities, towns and neighborhoods. As a result, like the nation as a whole, the region is also becoming increasingly unequal and marked by growing concentrations of poverty and affluence....