How Neighborhood Development Affects Our Sense Of Community

How Neighborhood Development Affects Our Sense Of Community

With the help of researchers who have looked closely at how cities evolve at the neighborhood level, we consider neighborhood development in a new light, asking what neighborhood dynamics make for strong communities and exploring how they can be attained.

The question of whether gentrification is a positive or negative force in a community often dominates development discussions in D.C. But new and old research in sociology and urban planning paints city neighborhoods as more complex microcosms than these polarizing debates indicate. With the help of researchers who have looked closely at how cities evolve at the neighborhood level, we consider local development in a new light, asking what kind of neighborhood dynamics help create strong communities and how they can be achieved.

Guests

Peter Tatian

Senior Research Associate, the Urban Institute's Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Zachary Neal

Assistant Professor of Sociology & Global Urban Studies, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Lance Freeman

Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University

Esther Watts

Director, Program Quality and Learning, CARE Ethiopia

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