Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel: Neighborhood Change and Revitalization
(Housing and Community Development)

Friday, November 13, 2015: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Ibis (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Brian McCabe, Georgetown University
Panel Chairs:  Jacob William Faber, New York University
Discussants:  Lance Freeman, Columbia University

Does Preservation Accelerate Neighborhood Change? Examining the Impact of Historic Preservation in the City
Brian McCabe, Georgetown University and Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University

Crime and Neighborhood Change: Has Falling Crime Invited Gentrification?
Davin Kristopher Reed, Furman Center, Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University and Keren Horn, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Have Distressed Neighborhoods Recovered? Evidence from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Jonathan Spader, Harvard University, Jenny Schuetz, Federal Reserve - Board of Governors and Alvaro Cortes, Abt Associates, Inc.

This panel brings together a series of papers on urban policy, gentrification and neighborhood change. The first paper (McCabe and Ellen) investigates the impact of historic preservation on the racial and economic characteristics of New York City neighborhoods. It asks whether the designation of a historic community speeds the process of gentrification, or contributes to patterns of racial change. The second paper (Ellen, Horn and Reed) looks at the relationship between crime and gentrification. In the face of falling central city crime rates, it investigates whether households with more resources and options - notably, higher income households and white households - are more willing to make pro-integrative moves into neighborhoods. The third paper (Schuetz, Spader and Cortes) looks specifically at a federal community development policy - the Neighborhood Stabilization Program - to examine the impact of community investments on housing market outcomes. The paper reports little evidence that NSP investments are associated with housing market outcomes. The final paper (Meltzer and Ghorbani) examines the process of gentrification on local employment. The paper finds that gentrifying neighborhoods do not experience meaningful gains in local employment compared to other comparable low-income neighborhoods.
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