Poster: Assessing resilience in new construction starter-home neighborhoods in response to the Great Recession

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The research call for reflection of the impact of urban development patterns on spatial equity. Findings demonstrate that the worst location to place new construction starter-home neighborhoods of the “cookie-cutter” variety is within existing, predominantly low-income, inner-ring neighborhoods already challenged on a number of fronts. In these locations, environmental injustices are added to the stress that residents living in poverty already bear. Rather than the new construction acting as a catalyst for positive change, the opposite occurred and the problems, instability, and disinvestment spread into the new areas, leaving many homeowners literally “trapped in space.” In such situations, starter-homes take on a model similar to the urban renewal projects of the past as older, minority neighborhoods are impacted by new development in the form of suburban-style islands of infill placed within older neighborhoods, with little regard to the needs of the existing community.


Assessing Resilience in New Construction Starter-Home Neighborhoods in Response to the Great Recession





Melissa Currie , Texas Tech University , Lubbock , TX (see bio)
Activity Type: Posters
NPC Topic: Development