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Affordable housing - Speeches

Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy

This report released by the Philadelphia Fed reflects research conducted by students completing their master’s degrees in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania, who investigated recent revitalization efforts in Bethlehem, Pa., Lancaster, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., with a focus on equity rather than on stated outcomes. This report summarizes their findings, includes proposals designed to produce equitable outcomes in each city, and provides a blueprint for cities interested in considering equity as an objective in future development efforts.

Is Home Maintenance Contagious? Evidence from Boston

In disadvantaged neighborhoods, the condition of the housing stock can vary from block to block. On one block, homes appear well kept and in good condition, while on another, many homes show signs of physical distress. Since the blocks within the same neighborhood are often similar in terms of home values, what accounts for this pattern? And is there any contagion effect of home maintenance? Researchers at the Boston Fed examine this issue in several Boston neighborhoods in this report.

Creating Resilient Communities

In this speech, Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke Chairman Bernanke discusses the evolution of community development, accelerating transformative development in communities, and the importance of developing local leaders. The speech was the Federal Reserve System Community Affairs Research Conference, "Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice," held in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2013.

Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice

The 2013 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference presented a unique forum for discussing key research, program, and policy strategies aimed at improving resiliency and rebuilding in low-income households and neighborhoods. The post-event materials include papers, presentations and videos; keynote remarks, speaker biographies and poster presentations,


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