Research on gentrification, education

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The links below include research from local and national organizations, academics, and advocates.

Displacement, Mobility and Education

The Family Housing Fund, a Twin Cities-based non-profit, has posted a summary of its “Kids Mobility Project,” which University of Chicago researcher David Kerbow calls some of the best research to date on the effects of displacement on kids’ education.

Gentrification Handbook

The Brookings Institution and PolicyLink teamed up on a national report: “Dealing With Neighborhood Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices.” The report examines national trends, with a special focus on Atlanta, Cleveland, Washington D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Chicago’s hot neighborhoods

The Woodstock Institute, a Chicago-based non-profit, published a guide to changes in the Chicago-area real estate market in the 1990s, “Who’s Buying Where?” The report is based on federal home loan data. More than a dozen maps, posted separately, illustrate the November 2001 report.

Local Rental Trends

The Metropolitan Planning Council published “For Rent: Housing Options in the Chicago Region,” a 1999 analysis of the local rental market. Special reports on Chicago’s North Side, South Side, and West Side, completed in 2000, are posted separately.

School Overcrowding

The Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, a local watchdog on public-works issues, has published several reports on school construction and overcrowding.

Demographic Trends in Chicago

Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at Loyola University of Chicago, has posted an analysis of 2000 Census data and state birth and death records that shows how the city and region have changed since 1990.

Housing Advocates

The Chicago Rehab Network works to create and preserve affordable housing in Chicago. Their site includes “Housing Facts” on the need to create more reasonably-priced housing, and “Housing Set-Asides,” an argument for mixed income developments.