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Cities and Neighborhoods

A Look at U.S. House Price Bubbles from 1980-2010 and the Role of Local Market Conditions

This article looks at data from house price bubble-and-bust scenarios over the last 30 years in an attempt to gain insight into forecasting future bubbles. The authors' work highlights the difficulty in predicting these housing price "extreme events," highlighting that housing markets are heavily influenced by local supply and demand. Follain and Giertz recommend that federal policy be adjusted to reflect such local market conditions.
James Follain and Seth Giertz, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, July 2011

A Study of Real Estate Markets in Declining Cities

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 created a new type of declining city, and posed further hardship for cities already in decline. This report analyzes the recession’s impact on real estate markets in cities in the midst of a severe and persistent economic downturn.
James Follain, Research Institute for Housing America,
January 6, 2011

An interview with James Follain

Sliding to the Trough: Urban Hardship Trends Before the Great Recession

The nation’s metropolitan areas already were in decline before the Great Recession took hold. Social and economic conditions grew increasingly negative since 2000 for most central cities in America’s populous metro areas, in a dramatic departure from trends over the 1990s.
David J. Wright and Lisa M. Montiel, November 2, 2009

Divided They Fall: Hardship in America’s Cities and Suburbs

The overall share of residents living in extreme poverty in America’s largest metropolitan areas declined over the 1990s. But disparities in social and economic conditions between cities and surrounding communities are growing, and such inequality is linked to hardship in both central cities and metropolitan regions as a whole.
David J. Wright and Lisa Montiel, November 2007
News release Q&A with the authors   [PDF]

An Update on Urban Hardship

This report tracks changes in the condition of the largest cities in the most-populated metropolitan areas in the U.S. from 1990 to 2000, and reports longer-term results for a group of 55 cities from 1970 to 2000.
Lisa M. Montiel, Richard P. Nathan, and David J. Wright, 2004

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It Takes a Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Urban Decline

Examines the Neighborhood Preservation Initiative, a comprehensive community building program in ten neighborhoods from nine mostly mid-sized cities The book shows what was learned through NPI about the value of focusing on working-class neighborhoods, as well as how to think about and structure community building efforts generally. The NPI experience offers lessons about engaging established, networked community organizations in deliberate action-oriented strategies, fueled by flexible funding, and linked to systems of local support.
David J. Wright, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 2001
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New Life at Ground Zero: New York, Home Ownership, and the Future of American Cities

Traces New York City's dramatic comeback in the 1980s and 1990s, focusing on one organization, the New York City Housing Partnership, which helped spark the recovery by building thousands of new homes in the South Bronx and throughout the city. This high stakes gamble was pulled off by a diverse cast of characters —working in the nation's most complex and contentious political environment.
Charles J. Orlebeke, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 1997
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