The Evolution of Black Neighborhoods: Fifty Years of Spatial and Economic Mobility

Awarded Scholars:
Michael Lens, University of California, Los Angeles
Project Date:
Mar 2020
Award Amount:

Lens will use spatial and demographic methods to categorize the characteristics and summarize the trajectories of Black neighborhoods in the U.S. since 1970. He will build on this historical examination to address contemporary policy debates related to housing, segregation, neighborhood effects, and race. His goal is to better understand the conditions under which Black neighborhoods flourish or fail, the residential mobility pathways in and out of these neighborhoods, and the consequences of various policy choices on Black neighborhoods.


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