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Property Value Impacts Of Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions Under Uncertainty, Michael P. Johnson Jr., Senay Solak, Rachel B. Drew, Jeffrey Keisler Aug 2013

Property Value Impacts Of Foreclosed Housing Acquisitions Under Uncertainty, Michael P. Johnson Jr., Senay Solak, Rachel B. Drew, Jeffrey Keisler

Michael P. Johnson

Community development corporations seek to stabilize neighborhoods affected by the recent foreclosure crisis through acquisition and redevelopment of distressed properties. One rationale for this work is the alleviation or avoidance of negative foreclosure impacts. We estimate the lost value to proximate properties associated with a single foreclosure through a Markov chain representing probabilistic transitions between foreclosure stages. We apply our model to a case study of foreclosure properties in Chelsea, MA. A rank ordering by estimated property value impacts indicates significant potential gains in social value as compared to current community development practice. We extend our basic model to address ...


'Michelle Thompson (University Of New Orleans) Coordinates Whodata', Michelle Thompson Jul 2013

'Michelle Thompson (University Of New Orleans) Coordinates Whodata', Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

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Michelle Thompson (University Of New Orleans) Coordinates Whodata.Org, Michelle Thompson Jul 2013

Michelle Thompson (University Of New Orleans) Coordinates Whodata.Org, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson, Phd (University of New Orleans) is the Coordinator of WhoData.org which is a New Orleans-based community-municipal-university partnership using an applied public participation geographic information system (PPGIS) model. Since 2009, WhoData has standardized training for residents to assess neighborhoods, photograph blight indicators, create maps, and share findings with the public and city government. The community data information system, www.whodata.org, houses the property condition survey results while neighborhood profile reports and maps are on www.whodata.net. The WhoData team is supported by the University of New Orleans Department of Planning & Urban Studies, residents from City ...


Worker Experiences Of Accessibility In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Kate Lowe, Mariana Marmol May 2013

Worker Experiences Of Accessibility In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Kate Lowe, Mariana Marmol

Kate Lowe, PhD

No abstract provided.


Cartographers Of The New Millenium, Michelle Thompson, Brittany Arceneaux, Mason Lipscomb May 2013

Cartographers Of The New Millenium, Michelle Thompson, Brittany Arceneaux, Mason Lipscomb

Michelle M. Thompson

Brittany Arceneaux and Dr. Michelle Thompson discuss the 'WhoData' project. The video was created by Mason Lipscomb of UNO.


Environmental And Social Justice Movements And Policy Change In Los Angeles: Is An Inside‐Outside Game Possible?, Martha Matsuoka, Robert Gottlieb May 2013

Environmental And Social Justice Movements And Policy Change In Los Angeles: Is An Inside‐Outside Game Possible?, Martha Matsuoka, Robert Gottlieb

Martha Matsuoka

No abstract provided.


Decentralization Is Dead, Long Live Decentralization! Capital City Reform And Political Rights In Kampala, Uganda, Christopher Gore Apr 2013

Decentralization Is Dead, Long Live Decentralization! Capital City Reform And Political Rights In Kampala, Uganda, Christopher Gore

Christopher D Gore

African cities are currently experiencing some of the highest population growth rates in the world. Accompanying this growth is constant and continuing pressure on national and local governments to develop political and institutional structures that respond to the multiple demands this demographic change provokes in relation to service delivery, economic development and social wellbeing. In response to these challenges, national governments are reviewing the political and administrative structures of their capital cities, sometimes recentralizing authority. This article examines the reforms to Kampala, capital city of Uganda. The article explains how the national government gradually created the legal conditions necessary to ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Included In The Times-Picayune Story “Make It Right, A Drag On New Orleans? The New Republic Says So”, Michelle Thompson Mar 2013

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Included In The Times-Picayune Story “Make It Right, A Drag On New Orleans? The New Republic Says So”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come Brad Pitt's Beautiful Houses Are A Drag On New Orleans, Lydia Depillis Mar 2013

If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come Brad Pitt's Beautiful Houses Are A Drag On New Orleans, Lydia Depillis

Michelle M. Thompson

"There's a reason, though, why such cold, hard logic hasn't yet prevailed in this most hard hit of New Orleans neighborhoods: It's all too easy to be won over by the spirit of the Lower Ninth, the passion of the people who did return. It may not be the most efficient use of public resources, and no amount of trying may bring in the kind of retail amenities that make places comfortable to live. Lower Niners, however, have a different kind of attachment to their ancestral land—for the black families who've lived there for decades ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Republic Story “If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come.”, Michelle Thompson Mar 2013

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Republic Story “If You Rebuild It, They Might Not Come.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Labor Unions, Corporations And Right-To-Work Laws: Impacts On The American Economy, Cara Robinson Feb 2013

Labor Unions, Corporations And Right-To-Work Laws: Impacts On The American Economy, Cara Robinson

Cara Robinson

The labor movement of the U. S. continues to bring the issue of worker rights to the forefront of American policy debates. As the American economy again has shifted from one based on manufacturing and the production of hard goods to one reliant upon human, financial and informational services, the labor movement faces new challenges. Labor unions and business leaders continue to disagree on the proper role of collective action and the effectiveness of policies aimed at the workplace sector. Today, one of the largest debates is the continued role and expansion of Right-to-Work (RTW) legislation. The debate is often ...


Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “City Seeks To Upgrade Online Access For Residents, Businesses.”, Michelle Thompson Jan 2013

Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor Of Planning And Urban Studies, Was Quoted In The New Orleans City Business Article “City Seeks To Upgrade Online Access For Residents, Businesses.”, Michelle Thompson

Michelle M. Thompson

No abstract provided.


Funding Rail: Federal Decisions And Local Financing, Kate Lowe Dec 2012

Funding Rail: Federal Decisions And Local Financing, Kate Lowe

Kate Lowe, PhD

No abstract provided.


Performing Survival In The Global City: Theatre Isôko’S The Monument”, Kim Solga, Jennifer Capraru Dec 2012

Performing Survival In The Global City: Theatre Isôko’S The Monument”, Kim Solga, Jennifer Capraru

Kim Solga

No abstract provided.


Introduction To Public Participation Geographic: Special Issue, Michelle Thompson, Kelly Owens Dec 2012

Introduction To Public Participation Geographic: Special Issue, Michelle Thompson, Kelly Owens

Michelle M. Thompson

With the progression of PPGIS, variations in the technology’s adaptability and application have brought forth critiques related to access, technology, and time. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) permeates a global market and technology appears to drive social, economic and civic progress with varying outcomes. Residents, advocates, and community organizations are utilizing democratized data in ways that early PPGIS investors could not have imagined. However, while many applaud the ability to create a trinity with data serving as a neutral partner, some wonder if any advancement has been made. A major critique of PPGIS is the inability to have a sustained ...


Performance And The Global City, Kim Solga, D.J. Hopkins Dec 2012

Performance And The Global City, Kim Solga, D.J. Hopkins

Kim Solga

Following the ground-breaking Performance and the City, this new volume explores what it means to create and experience urban performance – as both an aesthetic and a political practice – in the burgeoning world cities built by globalization and neoliberal capital. Featuring work by artists as well as scholars, written from multiple disciplinary perspectives, and including dozens of photographs as well as a photo essay by Nicholas Whybrow, Performance and the Global City will appeal to readers interested in urban studies, theatre and performance, geography, sociology, and globalization studies.


Targeted Business Incentives And Local Labor Markets, Matthew Freedman Dec 2012

Targeted Business Incentives And Local Labor Markets, Matthew Freedman

Matthew Freedman

This paper uses a regression discontinuity design to examine the effects of geographically targeted business incentives on local labor markets. Unlike elsewhere in the U.S., enterprise zone (EZ) designations in Texas are determined in part by a cutoff rule based on census block group poverty rates. Exploiting this discontinuity as a source of quasi-experimental variation in investment and hiring incentives across areas, I find that EZ designation has a positive effect on resident employment, increasing opportunities mainly in lower-paying industries. While business sitings and expansions spurred by the program are more geographically diffuse, EZ designation is associated with increases ...