Our research on cities and communities cuts across several Urban Institute specialties—housing trends, crime prevention, economic development, arts and culture, and more.
Our urban studies define much of our history, from evaluations of community development corporations in poor neighborhoods to road-tested ideas for rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to more recent projects helping policymakers monitor communities' progress. We also work closely with local groups to grasp and address the Washington, D.C., area's challenges. Read more.
Promise Neighborhood implementation grantees are required to set and submit baselines, actual performance data, and targets for each GPRA indicator and for all five years of the grant. While grantees were required to address targets in their applications, these targets were set before the Guidance Document was released and before complete baseline data was available at each site. This continuing guidance identifies several data sources, considerations, and methods sites may consider when setting targets. The submission of final baselines and targets is the first part of the Promise Neighborhood Data Plan required of all implementation grantees.
This report presents learning gathered during an incubator project supported by the What Works Collaborative to investigate the availability of investment data in several cities. We find that the extent and quality of local data needed for tracking investment flows has improved dramatically in many places. While exhaustive quantification is probably not possible anywhere, a fairly complete picture is now available in some cities. Given the considerable interest in this topic from policy and practitioner audiences, we feel this argues for initiating a research study to quantify investment flows in a small number of targeted cities and neighborhoods.
Income mixing is strongly endorsed as a principle in housing and community development because it is expected to provide social diversity, help low-income people get access to higher-quality goods and services, and achieve social and economic integration. Yet mixing may also pose challenges, and homogeneity may have benefits that should not be abandoned. This paper suggests that the potential benefits of income mixing can be maximized by attending to geographic scale more carefully than has occurred in the past. It reviews policies across multiple scales and proposes research to understand how income mixing works at various scales.
This Tax Fact examines the property tax burden as a share of home value in the United States. Most counties have property tax burdens between 0.5 and 1.5 percent of home value. As a share of home values, counties in the Northeast, parts of the Midwest, and Texas tend to have higher property taxes relative to other counties.