Poster: Assessing resilience in new construction starter-home neighborhoods in response to the Great Recession
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.
, Texas Tech University
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Melissa Currie is an Assistant Professor Housing and Community Development at the University of Albany, SUNY with focus areas in urban design and health and the built environment. This includes research in community resilience at the neighborhood level, the use of HIAs, and community-based participatory action research. Her research uses mixed-methods to study of the resiliency of suburban and urban new construction “starter home” communities and the impacts from the Great Recession. Dr. Currie's research interests also include housing policy, environmental planning, and historic preservation in the civil rights movement. She is a licensed landscape architect in the states of Virginia and Alabama, CLARB certified, APA and AAG member, and an accredited professional of the Congress of New Urbanism. Education: Ph.D. Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, UNC Charlotte MLA, Master of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University, Concentration in Urban Design B.S. Landscape Architecture, Magna cum Laude, Cornell University, Concentration in Sustainable Development Melissa also enjoys music, scuba diving, photography, the beach, and traveling.