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Cityscape: Volume 24 Number 2 | Measuring Blight


The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.

Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Measuring Blight

Volume 24 Number 2

Mark D. Shroder

Michelle P. Matuga

Incorporating Equity into HUD’s Learning Agenda: Thoughts on Studying Structure

Philip M.E. Garboden
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

This article presents informal recommendations for incorporating equity principles into the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Learning Agenda. An understanding of social and economic structures is essential for understanding contemporary inequities. This article presents several recommendations for how to understand the structural barriers faced by traditionally marginalized groups. Also noted is the importance of taking an intersectional perspective on housing discrimination research.

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