Urban, rural and regional policies

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    Michael McQuarrie on writing for blogs: “The most utility comes from allowing me to think through a problem that is bugging me and then publish something about the result”

Michael McQuarrie on writing for blogs: “The most utility comes from allowing me to think through a problem that is bugging me and then publish something about the result”

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory one year ago, LSE Sociology Associate Professor, Michael McQuarrie wrote on the regional nature of Trump’s win. His blog article, “Trump and the Revolt of the Rust Belt”, which has been viewed over 35,000 times has now formed the basis of a new article in the British Journal of Sociology. […]

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    How reimagining public housing with greater development can benefit low income residents.

How reimagining public housing with greater development can benefit low income residents.

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In 2013, the New York City Housing Authority shelved its proposal to fund improvements to its housing stock by leasing undeveloped land. Shomon Shamsuddin writes that despite opposition from residents, such plans can be of great benefit to those living in public housing if they preserve existing homes, increase density and add affordable housing units.

Housing is increasingly expensive in […]

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    Book Review: Urban Re-Industrialization edited by Krzysztof Nawratek

Book Review: Urban Re-Industrialization edited by Krzysztof Nawratek

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In Urban Re-Industrialization, editor Krzysztof Nawratek brings together scholars to discuss the constitutive elements of the image of the creative city and explore ways of moving beyond it towards what Nawratek calls the ‘Industrial City 2.0’. While the nature and contribution of the individual essays are at times uneven, this is a kaleidoscopic work which weaves together diverse and intriguing lines […]

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    Why public transit can be good for business, even in the auto-oriented Sunbelt

Why public transit can be good for business, even in the auto-oriented Sunbelt

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Rail transport is expensive for cities to build and maintain, but many cities have gotten around this by building light rail systems in recent decades. In new research, Kevin Credit examines how businesses are affected by new light rail transit systems. He finds that areas within one mile of stations have nearly 30 percent more retail businesses, 40 percent […]

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    Book Review: The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It by Richard Florida

Book Review: The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It by Richard Florida

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In The New Urban Crisis: Gentrification, Housing Bubbles, Growing Inequality and What We Can Do About It, Richard Florida outlines what he defines as a ‘new urban crisis’ experienced in cities across the world, and establishes new proposals for urban governance. While Jenny McArthur asks fundamental questions of aspects of Florida’s methodology and analysis, she hopes that the agenda […]

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    Book Review: International Express: New Yorkers on the 7 Train by Stéphane Tonnelat and William Kornblum

Book Review: International Express: New Yorkers on the 7 Train by Stéphane Tonnelat and William Kornblum

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In International Express: New Yorkers on the 7 Train, Stéphane Tonnelat and William Kornblum take readers on an underground study of how experiences of the 7 train – part of the iconic New York subway system – shape residents of the city. The frequently captivating insights in this sociological account invite us to question and alter the complex social dimensions of […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.7 The Rural-Urban Divide

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The distance between America’s rural and urban communities have become a pivotal element of politics and elections. Professor Kathy Cramer has spent the last decade investigating the attitudes and identities that have contributed to this divide, and in this episode, we dive into that work with her and PhD candidate Tory Mallett.

This episode features Kathy Kramer, Director of the Morgridge […]

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    Population change means fewer Asians are living in Chinatowns, but more Asians now own properties within them.

Population change means fewer Asians are living in Chinatowns, but more Asians now own properties within them.

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For over 150 years, Chinatowns have played an important role in large US cities. But, with increasing gentrification and urban change, Chinatowns are changing. In new research focusing on Chinatowns in Boston and Philadelphia, Arthur Acolin and Domenic Vitiello find that while the number of Asian residents has fallen, the share of Asian ownership has risen. 

Ethnic neighborhoods have important […]

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    Manufactured homeowners live at risk of eviction – state policies can improve housing insecurity or make it worse.

Manufactured homeowners live at risk of eviction – state policies can improve housing insecurity or make it worse.

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High rents and house prices across America means that mobile homes are playing an increasing role in providing housing in the US. Mobile homes placed in mobile home parks can be precarious, with the potential for closure at any time, displacing hundreds of residents. Esther Sullivan spent two years conducting ethnographic analyses of mobile home parks in Florida and […]

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    In recent decades, the clustering of rich and poor neighborhoods in America has continued, expanding inequality.

In recent decades, the clustering of rich and poor neighborhoods in America has continued, expanding inequality.

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Many recent discussions on American cities and neighborhoods have focused on how they are changing, either through gentrification or economic change. In new research, Elizabeth Delmelle finds that gentrification is only one small part of the story of America’s neighborhoods since 1980. She writes that the highest poverty, majority black neighborhoods and the wealthiest and whitest neighborhoods have been […]

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