An interactive map application allows us to see how cities have changed over time with respect to segregation/integration. Graham MacDonald of The Atlantic compiled maps for 268 Metro areas from the work done by Sophie Litschwartz. The maps show the changes from 1970 to 2010 and take the dissimilarity index created by Litschwartz and apply it to the map. The dissimilarity index demonstrates how segregated or integrated a city is through a number between 0 and 100. 100 being totally segregated.
New research done by UNC Charlotte's Harrison Campbell with Huiping Li and Steven Fernandez demonstrates that segregation hurts not only those segregated in the urban core but also those living in the suburbs and the rest of the city alike. Emily Badger of The Atlantic spoke with Dr. Campbell about how segregation stymies innovation and negatively impacts people across all socioeconomic classes. Dr. Campbell discusses how this phenomenon has taken shape and what possible solutions could be. The article can be found at the link below.
A recent WSOC-TV report discusses how tax money is distributed throughout Charlotte by district. West Charlotte receives the most and South Charlotte receives the least. The information discussed covers 2002-2010. It is an interesting finding but there is certainly more to this story as the West and South sides are still very different.
We cordially invite you to attend our next Neighborhood Campus Forum on Wednesday May 29th at 5:45pm in Cone 210. We have invited our neighborhood partners to speak with faculty and students about the research interests they have with regard to their neighborhoods. This is an opportunity to build a new generation of service-learning courses at UNC Charlotte and to forge new partnerships with neighborhoods in Charlotte. Please RSVP to Joe Howarth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 20th there will be a live webcast for the release of Kneebone's and Berube's Confronting Suburban Poverty in America. A panel discussion with the authors and anti-poverty experts will discuss how America can rise to meet this new challenge and form that poverty has taken. There will be a webcast of the panel and you can also follow on Twitter #SuburbanPoverty. You can register for the event in Washington, D.C. or register for the webcast at the link below.
Dr. Sorensen's GEOG 2000 finished up their semester this week. The class worked with three neighborhoods: College Downs, Enderly Park, and Graham Heights. The students researched the issues related to each neighborhood and performed service and outreach in the neighborhoods to learn more about each issue. The products of this semester are below in the class' poster presentations.
Residents and UNCC students cleared the path between the College Downs neighborhood and the Harris Teeter shopping center across the street from UNC Charlotte's main entrance. Residents of the neighborhood use the path frequently. The Friends of Miss Bonnie with the help of the students cleaned up the path, set its boundaries, and cleared away waste from the area. The Friends of Miss Bonnie greatly appreciated the collaboration.
WFAE's Public Conversations: One Charlotte or Many?: A Neighborhood Perspective was well-enjoyed and received by the neighborhood residents who attended.
The audio recording of the event is below
Residents of Graham Heights and UNC Charlotte students worked together to clean up the streets of Graham Heights and rewarded themselves with a block party for the neighborhood. The event was a big success and residents were able to meet new neighbors. The event also shared information and research gathered by the students regarding the upcoming Light Rail Line that will be nearby to Graham Heights.
WFAE, Charlotte's National Public Radio station, is hosting a forum called Public Conversations to discuss how Charlotte is growing and how it can thrive in the future. Moderated by WFAE's Julie Rose, the conversation will address if Charlotte has invested in its Uptown at the expense of neighborhood improvements or if a vibrant Center City contributes to quality of life in other neighborhoods.