University investments are expanding to incorporate neighborhood revitalization. Yet, there is an inadequate understanding of how “town” is impacted by “gown” initiatives. This study combines institutional data with 1990 and 2010 Census metrics to assess outcomes of university-led revitalization in twenty-two neighborhoods. It explores market and socioeconomic change for target tracts relative to others. While the literature hypothesizes that anchor institution initiatives improve communities, the findings complication that notion. Median home values increased substantially and were no longer statistically different from other tracts; median rents nearly closed the gap as well. However, socioeconomic indicators did not suggest fundamental change.
- Can Gown Revitalize Town? An Analysis of Neighborhood Change in University Revitalization Areas, 1990-2010
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Ehlenz, M. M. (2016). Can gown revitalize town? An analysis of neighborhood change in university revitalization areas, 1990-2010. Working paper.