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Cityscape: Volume 24 Number 2 | Measuring Blight


Measuring Blight

Volume 24 Number 2

Mark D. Shroder
Michelle P. Matuga

Measuring Blight

Guest Editor's Introduction
Alexander Din

Exploring the Empirical Relationship Between Inner-City Blight and Urban Sprawl in the United States
Eric Fesselmeyer and Kiat Ying Seah

Deep Learning Visual Methods for Identifying Abandoned Houses
Jim DeLisle, Hye-Sung Han, Duy H. Ho, Yugyung Lee, Brent Never, and Ye Wang

Are Housing Vacancy Rates a Good Proxy for Physical Blight?
Adam Berland

Does the Inclusion of Residential No-Stat Addresses Along Rural Postal Carrier Routes Improve Vacancy Rate Estimates?
Alexander Din and Peter Han

Brainstorming: Learning Agenda

Equity in HUD’s Learning Agenda
Barry L. Steffen and Galen Savidge-Wilkins

Applying an Access Framework to Studying Equity at the Intersection of Housing and Health
Lauren C.J. Barrow and Craig Evan Pollack

Seeing More, Learning More: Equity in Housing and Community Development
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Carlos Martín, Vincent Reina, and Justin Steil

Incorporating Equity into HUD’s Learning Agenda: Thoughts on Studying Structure
Philip M.E. Garboden

Advancing Racial Equity within Federal Housing Policy
Amy Khare

Researching Homeownership Inequalities: A Life-Cycle Perspective
Stephanie Moulton

Embedding an Equity Approach in HUD’s Learning Agenda
Angela Glover Blackwell and Sarah Treuhaft


Data Shop

Graphic Detail

Industrial Revolution

Policy Briefs

Erratum Notice



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