Green Inclusive Corridors
Snell grant funding was used to support research focused on reconciling current sustainability planning initiatives with historic and growing inequities among groups and neighborhoods within cities, as well as leverage HUD-funded research aimed to at the development of a replicable strategy for planning for preservation of existing affordable rental housing along transit corridors. Retaining low income renters near transit is critical to both transit and social equity goals. They are, in Stephanie Pollack’s words, “transit oriented neighbors.” Building on previous work as part of the Sustainable Places Project team (which was funded by HUD, and supported by Snell funding for two years), this project worked to refine the metrics developed to identify transit corridors that should be prioritized for rental housing preservation efforts and assess how replicable the use of these metrics in similar situation cities. Funding was used to support a master’s level graduate student in the Community and Regional Planning program for one year.
Conference Presentations & Publications
Several presentations based on this work, were made for both public and academic audiences.
- Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in Miami in April 2015.
- Presented summary of the findings of the project and of the student work to the newly elected Austin city council as part of their “deep dives” on policy issues. Feb 5, 2015.
- Presented an overview of findings to participants in a workshop with HousingWorks Austin, on developing a vision for preservation of affordable housing in Austin
Produced a report that pulled together all of the work done in the course, over both semesters. This work was also compiled on a website that allowed us to include short videos that were produced as part of the work: http://soa.utexas.edu/work/green-inclusive-corridors
Produced a conference paper that was presented at the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting in Miami in April, 2015. The team is currently working to turn this paper into a journal article.