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Master of Arts (MA)




At the turn of the twenty-first century the pervasive unsuitability of living conditions within many public housing projects facilitated the enactment of the HOPE VI program, the most recent reform in public housing policy. While increasing the habitability of traditional public neighborhoods arguably has been an overarching goal of the HOPE VI intervention, research has not widely considered the extent to which the program may have facilitated the development of non-housing amenities in transforming neighborhoods. The goal of this study is to consider the extent to which non-housing economic amenities have been developed in a transforming Chicago neighborhood targeted for HOPE VI intervention. The data indicate that while the transforming public housing neighborhood has experienced moderate increases in household economic capacity, commiserate changes in the development of non-housing economic amenities remain weak. Implications the patterns of non-housing development have for the local health of the transforming neighborhood are additionally discussed.

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