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Strengthening Communities with Neighborhood Data

G. Thomas Kingsley; Claudia J. Coulton and Kathryn L. S. Pettit

Efforts to address the problems of distressed urban neighborhoods stretch back to the 1800s, but until relatively recently, data played little role in forming policy. It wasn't until the early 1990s that all of the factors necessary for rigorous, multifaceted analysis of neighborhood conditions--automated government records, geospatial information systems, and local organizations that could leverage both--converged. Strengthening Communities documents that convergence and details its progress, plotting the ways data are improving local governance in America. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Urban Institute
Pages: 460Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7704-5 • Hardback • November 2017 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4422-7705-2 • Paperback • November 2017 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-7706-9 • eBook • November 2017 • $33.00 • (£22.95) (coming soon)
G. Thomas Kinsley, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, specializes in housing, urban policy, and governance issues. Claudia J. Coulton is distinguished university professor in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Kathryn L. S. Pettit is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute.
1 Introduction to the Field
2 Institutional Context
Technology, Data, and Institutional Change in Local Government
Cory Fleming
From Tornadoes to Transit: How Data Sharing Has Strengthened Community Development in
the Twin Cities
Jacob Wascalus and Jeff Matson
3 Progress in Data and Technology
Mashup City: Tools for Urban Life and Urban Progress in the Internet Age
Greg Sanders
4 A Framework for Indicators and Decisionmaking
5 Using Data for Neighborhood Improvement
Neighborhood Data and Locally Driven Community Change
Robert J. Chaskin
Cutting Through the Fog: Helping Communities See a Clearer Path to Stabilization
Lisa Nelson
6 Using Data for City and Regional Strategies
Creating and Using Neighborhood Data to Shape a More Equitable Regional Greenspace Policy
Meg Merrick and Sheila Martin
A Solvable Problem Hidden in Plain View: When Monitoring the Right Data Makes All the
Hedy N. Chang
7 Advances in Analytic Methods for Neighborhood Data
The Dynamic Neighborhood Taxonomy: An Innovative Typology for Community and Economic
Riccardo Bodini
Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Effects, and Residential Mobility: A Holistic View and Future
George Galster and Lina Hedman
Beyond Mapping: Spatial Analytics and Evaluation of Place-Based Programs
Julia Koschinsky
8 The Potential and the Way Forward
About the Authors
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