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On a recent CalMatters Podcast, we were inspired by an interview with Dr. Karyn Lacy, a sociologist with the University of Michigan. She eloquently shared the history of the suburbs and how they evolved after WWII. It was SO good, we wanted more. She’s the ultimate example of data-driven pro that took two years of her life studying back middle-class families in the Washington DC area for her book, Blue-Chip Black. We learn how she approached her research, where she found the data, data that was and was not available, and the techniques she employed to write an incredibly interesting book on race, class, and the middle class. We learn about the federal government’s role in segregation as well as local examples of discrimination via developers, agents, lenders, city governments, and banks.
- Dr. Karyn Lacy on Twitter
- CalMatters Podcast with Dr. Karyn Lacy
- Fair Housing Change from July 2020
- 1968 Fair Housing Act information. The Fair Housing Act requires HUD and its program recipients to promote fair housing and equal opportunity to ensure that all people have the right to fair housing regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status.
- Levittown history and research (Smithsonian
- Why did we build high-rise public housing projects?
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Paperback – May 1, 2018 by Richard Rothstein (presentation at Brown University 2019)
- Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities Paperback – November 15, 2018 by Jessica Trounstin
- The Surprising Ways Race Remains a Factor in Mortgage Lending
- Is Affordable Housing Good for the Neighborhood?
- Do Affordable Housing Projects Harm Suburban Communities? Crime, Property Values, and Taxes in Mount Laurel, NJ
- History of Levittown Town - model homes, tract housing, restrictive covenants (Shelly vs. Cramer)
- HOLC “Redlining” Maps: The Persistent Structure Of Segregation And Economic Inequality Note: HOLC is the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a government-sponsored corporation created as part of the New Deal in 1933 by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation Act its purpose was to refinance home mortgages currently in default to prevent foreclosure.
- Gentrification in America Report
- Homeownership is the Top Contributor to Household Wealth
- Is Homeownership Still an Effective Means of Building Wealth for Low-income
and Minority Households? (Was it Ever?)
- Homeownership and wealth accumulation for low-income households
- BA in Urban Studies and Black Studies (1987), MA in African-American Studies (1991) and Sociology (1993) from Temple University, and the PhD in Sociology (2000) from Harvard University (dissertation topic: “The Suburbanization of Middle-Class Blacks”) - please share your path and passion in these areas of study.
- What does being a data-driven pro mean in academia?
- How did you approach the research? Did you start with a gut feeling? A curiosity? How did you even know where to start?
- Blue-Chip BlackRace, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class - Can you share some of the insights?
- Did the data exist? Where did you find it? What was your approach?
- What kinds of information ended up being the most important?
- What did you learn? What should we know?
- What surprised you?
- Who worked with you on this project? Did you data prove someone was wrong?
- The suburbs have an interesting history. Can you share when and where “affordable” housing began and the story of the suburbs?
- When did the federal government start playing a role in housing? How so?
- Why does America suck at affordable housing?
- Federal vs municipality role in housing today. What’s the same and what has changed?
- Housing is a complex and nuanced issue. What don’t most people understand about the role housing plays in everything from health to wealth?
- Does homeownership matter? What data should we be looking at to know if it is or is not?
- We’ve seen location of choice change recently from suburbs to urban environments over the past decade from many demographics. Can we talk about how neighborhoods and choice has evolved?
- What are some of the driving factors of why people choose to live where they do?
- Is there talk in academia as to how Covid will shape location preference in the years ahead?
- What data should we be looking at for the affordable housing movement?
- Many states like California continue to have issues with affordable housing in areas you think it would be an easy sell. Yet bill like SB 50 can’t seem to pass which would put denser housing along transportation corridors.
- Integration vs Gentrification? Can we define the terms?
- Affordable housing in suburbs vs urban. Nuance and difference. From the 1950s Chicago and New York high rise housing to the recent accessory dwelling units…is there a right-sized approach to affordable housing?
- What are the barriers to success on the affordable housing front?
- Let’s talk crappy housing. HUDs mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. Is “quality” getting in the way of “quantity”? Is our definition of quality stopping us from creating what we need?
- We have listeners from all over the US in various real estate industries, how do we know our local communities are on track? What data should we be looking at?
- What’s next in your research?
- If money and time were no object, what other research would you tackle?