Black and white photo of a streetcar from the 1900s.

A History of Public Transit Disinvestment in the US

The Union of Concerned Scientists takes us on a “trip down memory ‘train,’” examining the history of public transit, including its chronic disinvestment and perpetuation of racism, from the 1800s to today.

April 5, 2024 - Union Of Concerned Scientists

Nighttime view of downtown Richmond, Virginia

Mapping Richmond’s Displaced Communities

A new project catalogs the city’s history of displacement and its impact on communities of color.

June 6, 2022 - VCU News

Syracuse Highway

How to Prioritize Equity in the Infrastructure Bill

Experts recommend a more rigorous focus on equity considerations as the federal government begins to select projects to fund through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

January 3, 2022 - The Brookings Institution

Suburban Pittsburgh

What Is White Flight?

'White flight' refers to the exodus of white Americans from central cities to suburbs in the early and mid-20 century, a phenomenon which led to declining tax revenue and business closures that created lasting damage to urban neighborhoods.

October 14, 2021 - Diana Ionescu

Illinois Freeway

Why Infrastructure Spending Should Center Equity

To begin to reverse decades of discrimination and disinvestment, future infrastructure spending must put equity at the forefront.

August 9, 2021 - Fast Company

Downtown Cincinnati

Why Central Business Districts Need Diverse Users

Central districts benefit from diversity, but a century of disinvestment and exodus has put many in a precarious position.

July 8, 2021 - The New York Times

Cleveland Heights

The 'Crisis of Non-Replacement' Undermining Black Neighborhoods

A new study shows a troubling reversal of fortunes in many middle-class Black neighborhoods.

May 10, 2021 - Governing


The Impact of Segregation and Disinvestment on Chicago's Black Population

The city is losing black residents, but those who stay are relocating to parts of the city with less transportation access and opportunities.

February 7, 2020 - Streetsblog Chicago


Chicago Planning Commissioner Focuses on Disinvested Neighborhoods

A new initiative seeks to bring investment dollars to Chicago communities that for decades have suffered from the loss of wealth and population.

December 29, 2019 - Next City

Omaha Nebraska

'Extremely Blighted' Designation Spurs Investment in Nebraska Cities

Neighborhoods in Nebraska, located in areas already deemed blighted, will receive priority funding and homebuyer tax credits from the state.

December 28, 2019 - Next City

Ghost Bike

Op-Ed: Street Safety Is a Matter of Race

What do traffic safety and gun violence have in common? A lot, as it turns out. In both cases, hard-hit neighborhoods tend to have suffered from historical disinvestment along racial lines.

September 1, 2019 - Brookings

Abandoned Buildings

Revitalization Should Not Overshadow the Continued Decline in Cities

When gentrification takes center stage, neglected places facing poverty, segregation, and disinvestment are overlooked.

February 28, 2019 - City Observatory

Cleveland, Ohio

How Urban Investment Patterns Fuel Healthcare Inequities

Inequities in healthcare are linked to inequities in urban planning, a public health researcher argues.

July 20, 2018 - Barcelona Laboratory for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Cleveland Heights

The Keys to Midwest Housing Markets

Detroit and Chicago are Rust Belt cities, and citizens need to understand just how different their situations are from the hot property markets of the coasts, Pete Saunders argues.

August 1, 2017 - Forbes

Millennium Park Fountain

Chicago's Black Residents Continuing to Leave the City

The Census shows that black residents are leaving Chicago and the surrounding areas. Many tie the trend to disinvestment in black neighborhoods, including the closings of schools.

June 29, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.