Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2016 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Equitable Urban Revitalization and Access to Amenities
Irwin, Nicholas
Co-Authors: Nicholas B. Irwin

Abstract: Stemming urban decline and exodus from the city is a pertinent issue facing policymakers. The success of any effort to address these issues depends on the equitability of the process, which is especially important in lower-income minority neighborhoods disproportionately affected by issues of environmental degradation. Using a unique set of housing activity data coupled with neighborhood level data on demographics and the environment, we examine the effect of a targeted urban revitalization program in Baltimore, Maryland via a quasi-experimental design. We find funded neighborhoods see higher housing sales than shortlisted, unfunded neighborhoods, with increases in house renovations seen in neighborhoods with multiple funded interventions. We also find that high levels of poverty, crime, and brownfields within each neighborhood affect the outcome of the revitalization effort.