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Transportation Equity Lessons from the Pandemic

Almost a year into the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Urban Institute assesses what we've learned about transportation equity—and what these lessons mean for the future.

January 12, 2021 - Urban Institute

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Four Steps for Effective Land Use Reform

Land use and zoning reform is not a magic wand, and effective changes to any planning regime change requires careful work. A new report Urban Institute provides case studies and guidance on how to achieve desired outcomes from a reform process.

October 27, 2020 - Urban Institute

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Landlords Facing Loss of Property and Income During Eviction Bans

Independent landlords struggle to keep up with the cost of rental units and continue to face massive income drops caused by eviction moratoriums. Some of them are pushing back.

September 16, 2020 - Politico

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Strengthening the Safety Net With Universal Housing Assistance

The Urban Institute simulated a model to predict the cost of a universal housing assistance program to support those who face homelessness.

April 15, 2020 - Urban Institute


Office-to-Residential Conversions Considered as Workers Go Remote

Reduced demand for office space after coronavirus could lead New York landlords to consider the conversion of offices to residential spaces.

April 14, 2020 - The Real Deal

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Economic Independence or Auto Dependency?

A new study calls for "universal auto access" to combat poverty. It recommends subsidizing auto ownership or access for those who are economically unable to afford the high cost of owning, maintaining, and operating a personal motor vehicle.

February 11, 2019 - CityLab

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Creative Placemaking's Role in Enhancing Community Safety

Efforts across the country show that these projects have the added benefit of improving community safety.

September 30, 2018 - Urban Institute

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Addressing 'Reverse White Flight' in Chicago

A new report from the Urban Institute and the Metropolitan Planning Council looks at ways to fight perpetual segregation as Chicago's affluent white population booms.

May 30, 2018 - CityLab

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Where the Economic Recovery Has Been Most Inclusive

Across racial and economic lines, not all cities are recovering equally.

May 1, 2018 - Color Lines

Study Reveals Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples, Transgender Individuals

A study of three of the country's population and cultural centers reveals the kinds of discrimination same-sex couples and transgender individuals are likely to encounter on the rental market.

July 10, 2017 - Urban Institute

Urban Institute Report: Peak Homeownership Reached Nine Years Ago

Homeownership peaked at 67.3% in 2006. The Urban Institute forecasts its decline to the year 2030. Emily Badger of The Washington Post Wonkblog writes on the report released this month that evaluates homeownership rates among different demographics.

June 17, 2015 - The Washington Post - Wonkblog

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Mapping the Demographic Future of Cities

Cities change. The people living in cities change. A new online tool from the Urban Institute allows users to forecast demographic trends as far out at 2030.

January 26, 2015 - CityLab

Real Estate Boom and Bust Hit Minorities the Hardest

A new visualization tool by the Urban Institute provides a vivid portrait of an unfortunate truth: the foreclosure crisis and other effects of the Great Recession real estate market were worse for minority groups.

September 18, 2014 - The Washington Post

PILOT Agreements Gain in Popularity, As Non-Profits are Asked to Pay the Piper

The financial crises faced by many municipalities has them searching for ever more creative means to bolster city budgets. As a result, non-profit institutions are increasingly being asked to complete payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreements.

May 23, 2012 - Inside Higher Ed

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