Social Justice

“Residential income segregation and commuting in a Latin American city” is a case study testing the spatial mismatch hypothesis in a portion of the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area. I use spatial analysis to identify how, over time, a “trap” develops in which residents of low-income segregated areas are more likely to have longer commutes and use public transportation.


“Cores and Peripheries: Spatial Analysis of HCV Voucher Distribution in the San Francisco Bay Area Region, 2000-2010” assesses the Housing Choice Voucher federal program in the San Francisco Bay Area. This study finds that HCV holders were locating in communities with higher poverty rates and lower housing prices than the region, demonstrating that mobility programs were not enough to provide HCV households with access to higher opportunity areas. 


“Equitable distribution of open space: Using spatial analysis to evaluate urban parks in Curitiba, Brazil” examines the spatial distribution of urban parks in Curitiba, a city known for its environmentally and socially sustainable practices. Our aim was to determine whether this urban amenity was as accessible to low-income families as to high-income families, taking into account proximity, quantity, and quality of green spaces.


Review of Advancing Equity Planning Now by Krumholz, N., & Hexter, K. W. (Eds.)

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