The Lasting Implications of Redlining in Chicago Neighborhoods
By Elizabeth Grazevich
In the 1930s, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation labeled neighborhoods on a scale from “Best” to “Hazardous” in a process now referred to as “lining.” In testing whether these classifications have led to lasting consequences, I have analyzed three Chicago neighborhoods to see how they have progressed over time. I found that the previously redlined neighborhoods experienced a drastic increase in segregation well into the 21st century and had less income growth than the previously greenlined neighborhood. My results lend evidence to the theory that redlining has yielded long-term implications concerning segregation and income growth.
Unemployment, Income, and CTA Train Accessibility: A Study of Eleven Chicago Community Areas
By Emma Nippe and Sofea Lee
This paper investigates possible correlations between Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) rail accessibility with socioeconomic indicators in eleven Chicago community areas. Using data from the City of Chicago Data Portal, we find a correlation between increased CTA train access, higher per capita incomes, and lower unemployment rates for areas with CTA train stations within their borders. However, given that our control areas lack access to CTA rail yet maintain an average rate of unemployment and per capita income, we cannot make any conclusions about the relationship between transit accessibility and these indicators when measured with regard to Chicago community areas.
Cost Benefit Analysis of Green Roofs
By Kyle Craven and Paulie Jouras
In 2004, the city of Chicago implemented a Sustainable Development Policy, which required developers receiving financial assistance from the city to include sustainable features in their project designs. This policy resulted in the “great green roof boom” that Chicago has seen in the last 14 years. In fact, there are currently 509 green roofs in the city of Chicago, with a total square footage of 5,564,412 sqft. Because production of green roofs in Chicago has increased at such a high rate, it is important to understand both the benefits and the costs of green roofs. This paper will focus on if Chicago’s green roof initiative has been effective, and what the future will hold for green roof production in Chicago.
Locations of Chicago Public Library Branches and What They Say About Equity Within Chicago
By Brian Maines
Libraries provide residents with a free space to pursue knowledge, culture, and shelter, they are a valuable piece to any community. This is an analysis of Chicago Public Library locations as well as circulation numbers. This research was done to inquire into the equity of the CPL system based on geographical locations. Upon analysis Chicago’s public libraries are only somewhat equally distributed among the city, creating a number of "book deserts."
Media Markets and Localism: Does Presence of Local News in Chinese Boost Chinese-American Voter Turnout?
By Lucas Nathe
I exploit in variation the number of Chinese language local news programs available to communities in three of America’s highest Chinese population cities to examine whether expansion of local Chinese news programming affects local voting behavior. I find the introduction of one additional Chinese language news program will increase Chinese voter turnout by between 0.35 to 7.1 percent. These figures are preliminary in nature due to a lack of specific Chinese voter data. However, I find expansion of local news programming does yield socially beneficial results. These results provide a strong foundation for further research into policies that may promote local political engagement.