Research Archive

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Housing Market Data in Cook County, Chicago and its Neighborhoods – November 2016 Update

Authors Matthew D. Wilson Abstract In 2016, issues of affordable and accessible housing permeate the national debate on housing. While national housing policy has made strides towards making quality housing attainable for all, the current state of the housing and mortgage market require innovative policy solutions. This report was prepared […]

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Why these schools? Explaining school closures in Chicago, 2000-2013

Authors Rachel Weber, Ph.D. Stephanie Farmer, Ph.D. Mary Donoghue Abstract Our study sheds light on the multiple, often conflicting interests that school districts must balance to plan for the capital needs of school-age populations. We investigate the factors that led to the closure of public schools in Chicago between 2000 […]

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Youth Employment Data: Employment to Population Ratios for 16 to 19 and 20 to 24 Year Olds by Chicago Community Area, 2005-2009 to 2010-2014

Author Matthew D. Wilson Abstract Issues of youth employment have gained much attention in Chicago as the number of youth without Jobs has hit historic highs in recent years. As shown in the recent report prepared by the Great Cities Institute, “Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School […]

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Democratizing Tax Increment Financing through Participatory Budgeting – A Tool Kit

Authors: Cecile Carroll, Thea Crum, Carolina Gaete, Maria Hadden, Rachel Weber Abstract: This PB – TIF Tool Kit provides valuable information for organizations and residents interested in maximizing the community benefits from TIF through more participatory decision making processes. The Tool Kit includes the following: 1) Basic information on the mechanics of TIF and […]

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