Journal of Urban Affairs

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Edited By: Igor Vojnovic and Laura Reese, Editors

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 28/39 (Urban Studies)

Online ISSN: 1467-9906

Virtual Issues


Virtual Issues from the Journal of Urban Affairs
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Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in the City
Global Urban Change
Diversity in the City
Beyond Economic Development: Education, Mega-projects, and the Arts
Journal of Urban Affairs Featured Articles
The State of Housing in U.S. Cities: Theory, Policy, and the Foreclosure Crisis
The Best of the Journal of Urban Affairs, 2000-2012
Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Life of Cities
Multi-Level Scales And Urban Governance In Global Context
Culture, Creative Class, and Mega-Events: Implications and Applications in Urban Areas

Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in the City
October 2016

Immigration, ethnicity, and race continue to leave a major imprint on the culture, politics, and economy of cities and their suburbs. Rapid sociodemographic change—which especially impacts urban regions—has once again thrust immigration, ethnicity, and race to the forefront of policy and politics throughout North America and Europe. The articles in this virtual issue explore cutting-edge research on the resiliency of immigrants and ethnic and racial groups, who despite their considerable challenges and struggles, continue to shape and reshape urban and suburban landscapes within cities across the West.

Intercultural Gardens: The Use of Space by Migrants and the Practice of Respect
Claire Moulin-Doos

The Impact of Ethnic Concentration on Prejudice: The Role of Cultural and Socioeconomic Differences Among Ethnic Neighborhood Residents
Esther Havekes, Marcel Coenders, Karien Dekker, Tanja Van Der Lippe

Geographies of Whiteness and Wealth: White, Middle Class Discourses on Segregation and Social Mix in Flanders, Belgium
Nick Schuermans, Bruno Meeus, Pascal De Decker

Metropolitan Secession and the Space of Color-Blind Racism in Atlanta
Michan Andrew Connor

The Economic Integration of Immigrants and Regional Resilience
T. William Lester, Mai Thi Nguyen

Ethnicity in an Immigrant Gateway City: The Asian Condition in Houston
Anthony Knapp and Igor Vojnovic

Ethnic segregation and xenophobic party preference: Exploring the influence of the presence of visible minorities on local electoral support for the Sweden Democrats
Per Strömblad and Bo Malmberg


Global Urban Change
May 2016

The transition from the 20th to the 21st Centuries has been characterized by processes of rapid urban change, including unprecedented population growth and decline, urban intensification and suburbanization, along with major socio-demographic shifts in the spatial structure of cities. This virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs presents innovative theoretical and methodological scholarship examining the physical and social transformation of cities in a global context. It contrasts the conditions of growing and declining cities in the West, explores the unprecedented expansion of Chinese and other Asian urban regions, and examines urban (re)development processes in the neoliberal era, including sociospatial conflicts and struggles over the right to one’s home and neighborhood.

Is Detroit Dead?
Peter Eisinger

Urbanization, Land Development, and Land Financing: Evidence from Chinese Cities
Lin Ye and Alfred M. Wu

Suburbanizing Disadvantage in Australian Cities: Sociospatial Change in an Era of Neoliberalism
Bill Randolph and Andrew Tice

Dawn of the Dead City: An Exploratory Analysis of Vacant Addresses in Buffalo, NY 2008-2010
Robert Mark Silverman, Li Yin, and Kelly L. Patterson

Victims or Victors? The Effects of Forced Relocations on Housing Satisfaction in Dutch Cities
Hanneke Posthumus, Gideon Bolt, and Ronald Van Kempen

Castles in Toronto's Sky: Condo-ism as Urban Transformation
Gillad Rosen and Alan Walks

The New Face of Peri-Urbanization in East Asia: Modern Production Zones, Middle-class Lifestyles, and Rising Expectations
Douglas Webster, Jianming Cai, and Larissa Muller

Contesting the Financialization of Urban Space: Community Organizations and the Struggle to Preserve Affordable Rental Housing in New York City
Desiree Fields


Diversity in the City
September 2015

What it means to be diverse in an urban context is continually evolving. The articles in this virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs represent cutting edge research on diversity in urban areas. As suggested, diversity here is broadly defined to include life cycle and sexual preference as well as race, ethnicity, and the processes of migration and immigration. In an increasingly globalizing world, conceptualizations of urban diversity must embrace difference at a variety of levels. The research highlighted here does just that situating issues of diversity in spatial, economic, and social contexts.

Ethnic Diversity and its Impact on Community Social Cohesion and Neighborly Exchange.
Rebecca Wickes, Renee Zahnow, Gentry White, and Lorraine Mazerolle

Planners' Role in Creating Family-Friendly Communities: Action, Participation and Resistance
Mildred E. Warner and Joseph Rukus

Racial and Ethnic Trends in the Suburbanization of Poverty in the U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1980-2010
Aaron J. Howell and Jefferey M. Timberlake

What Sexuality is this Place? Building a Framework for Evaluating Sexualized Spac: The Case of Kansas City, Missouri
Sarah Parker Nusser and Katrin B. Anacker

Integrating or Segregating Roma Migrants in France in the Name of Respect: A Spatial Analysis of the Villages D'Insertion
Magali Bessone, Milena Doytcheva, Jean-Baptiste Duez, Charles Girard, and Sophie Guerard de Latour

Beyond Ethnic Enclaves? Exploring the Spatial Distribution of Latino-Owned Employer Firms in Two U.S. Immigration Gateways
Qingfang Wang

The Reassertion of a Black/Non-Black Color Line: The Rise in Integrated Neighborhoods Without Blacks in New York City, 1970-2010
Ronald J.O. Flores and Arun Peter Lobo


Beyond Economic Development: Education, Mega-projects, and the Arts
March 2015

This virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs features research that goes beyond traditional approaches to local economic development. While incentive programs such as tax abatements, Enterprise Zones, and Downtown Development Authorities have been mainstays of efforts to redevelop and reinvigorate local economies, 21st Century approaches move beyond these tried and true methods. The importance of education and local schools (and the families they serve), investment in the arts, and infrastructure development target quality of life over business relocation as a means of local development. Hence these articles, focusing on education, airport and Olympic transportation infrastructure (meg-projects), arts development, and family needs such as child care, represent the next wave of local development policy.

Closing and Opening Schools: The Association between Neighborhood Characteristics and the Location of New Educational Opportunities in a Large Urban District
Julia Burdick-Will, Micere Keels, and Todd Schuble

Regional Economic Development and Child Care: Toward Social Rights
Mildred E. Warner and Susan Prentice

Transport Legacy of the Olympic Games, 1992-2012
Eva Kassens-Noor

"From Coal to Cool"; The Creative Class, Social Capital, and the Revitalization of Scranton
Meghan Ashlin Rich

Putting Artists on the Map: The Geography of Artists in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Stephanie R. Ryberg, Mark Salling, and Gregory Soltis

Contextualizing the Artistic Dividend
Daniel Silver and Diana Miller

Urban Education and Neighborhood Revitalization
Kelly L. Patterson and Robert Mark Silverman

Linking Charter School Emergence to Urban Revitalization and Gentrification; A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Three Cities
Tomeka Davis and Deidre Oakley

Planning, Politics, and Urban Mega-Projects in Developmental Context: Lessons from Mexico City's Airport Controvery
Onesimo Flores Dewey and Diane E. Davis

Journal of Urban Affairs Featured Articles
February 2014

Welcome to the first virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs for 2014. This issue presents featured papers from the JUA and the Urban Affairs Association. Each year the UAA selects the Best Conference Paper and Best Paper published in the JUA. The first three articles in this virtual issue are UAA award winning papers. They are very different in content, methodology, and discipline and thus highlight the breadth and depth of research conducted by urban scholars, presented at UAA conferences, and published in the JUA. A new practice at JUA has been to identify one featured paper in each issue and provide free access to scholars around the world. One of these papers has been included here; typically the award winners have also been featured papers. Finally, the JUA has been running special issues on current topics of interest. These papers go through the regular JUA review process and provide in-depth insight into particular themes. Articles from two recent special issues are included here representing research on the urban underclass and the connections between urban schools and community development. Please see all the papers in those special issues for more on the topics. We hope you enjoy this taste of JUA Features.

UAA Best Paper Award Winners:

WEAKENING STRONG BLACK POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT: IMPLICATIONS FROM ATLANTA'S 2009 MAYORAL ELECTION
MICHAEL LEO OWENS and JACOB ROBERT BROWN

FREEDOM AND CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS: BLACK WORKING-CLASS PARADES IN POST-KATRINA NEW ORLEANS
DIANE M. GRAMS

ETHICS MATTER: THE MORALITY AND JUSTICE PRINCIPLES OF ELECTED CITY OFFICIALS AND THEIR IMPACT ON URBAN ISSUES
PAUL SCHUMAKER and MARISA KELLY

JUA Featured Articles

DAWN OF THE DEAD CITY: AN EXPLORATORY ANALYSIS OF VACANT ADDRESSES IN BUFFALO, NY 2008–2010
ROBERT MARK SILVERMAN, LI YIN and KELLY L. PATTERSON

JUA Special Issue Articles

GRAFFITI OR STREET ART? NEGOTIATING THE MORAL GEOGRAPHIES OF THE CREATIVE CITY
CAMERON MCAULIFFE

CLOSING AND OPENING SCHOOLS: THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERISTICS AND THE LOCATION OF NEW EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN A LARGE URBAN DISTRICT
JULIA BURDICK-WILL, MICERE KEELS, TODD SCHUBLE


The State of Housing in U.S. Cities: Theory, Policy, and the Foreclosure Crisis
September 2013

This Virtual Issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs highlights research conducted and published in the post-foreclosure age. The articles present the most recent research on issues related to housing – both theoretical and applied – in cities across the United States. That these articles are among the most cited of the 2011-2012 volume years indicates the importance of and interest in housing issues in our cities. They also highlight how housing and other factors such as poverty, race, and the private sector have and continue to interact to present challenges to the creation and maintenance of “home” for the most vulnerable of urban citizens.

BEYOND MOBILITY: THE LIMITS OF LIBERAL URBAN POLICY
DAVID IMBROSCIO

SOCIAL INTERACTION IN MIXED-INCOME DEVELOPMENTS: RELATIONAL EXPECTATIONS AND EMERGING REALITY
ROBERT J. CHASKIN and MARK L. JOSEPH

WHERE HAVE ALL THE TOWERS GONE? THE DISMANTLING OF PUBLIC HOUSING IN U.S. CITIES
EDWARD G. GOETZ

STATE ANTIPREDATORY LENDING LAWS AND NEIGHBORHOOD FORECLOSURE RATES
LEI DING, ROBERTO G. QUERCIA, CAROLINA K. REID, and ALAN M. WHITE

FROM MINOR TO MAJOR PLAYER: THE GEOGRAPHY OF FHA LENDING DURING THE U.S. MORTGAGE CRISIS
DAN IMMERGLUCK

THE LOCATION CHOICES OF PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY REDEVELOPMENT: MARKET CONSTRAINTS, PERSONAL PREFERENCES, OR SOCIAL INFORMATION?
RACHEL GARSHICK KLEIT and MARTHA GALVEZ

The Best of the Journal of Urban Affairs, 2000-2012
June 2013

While there are many definitions of “best,” this Virtual Issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs presents the most frequently cited articles of the decade. Thus, these are the topics and papers that have made significant contributions to teaching and scholarship on urban issues over the past twelve years.* The topics covered by the most cited articles from JUA focus on four thematic areas: creative cities, segregation and justice, governance in the form of regionalism and regime, and the environment. While the first three themes are regularly represented in the journal, urban environmental and health issues are illustrative of new streams of research in urban studies generally and of the broadening focus of the JUA on cutting edge urban issues. We hope that this presentation of our most highly cited articles will lead readers to explore all of the current and upcoming articles in the JUA.

*It should be noted that two of the most cited papers in this time period are already available in previous Virtual Issues. They include “Social and Ethnic Segregation in Europe: Levels, Causes, and Effects” by Musterd, and “Olympic Cities: Lessons Learned from Mega-Event Politics” by Andranovich, Burbank, and Heying.

CREATIVE CITIES: CONCEPTUAL ISSUES AND POLICY QUESTIONS
ALLEN J. SCOTT

WHICH CAME FIRST? TOXIC FACILITIES, MINORITY MOVE-IN, AND ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE
MANUEL PASTOR, JIM SADD and JOHN HIPP

NEIGHBORHOOD EFFECTS ON HEALTH: EXPLORING THE LINKS AND ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE
INGRID GOULD ELLEN, TOD MIJANOVICH and KERI-NICOLE DILLMAN

AMENITIES DRIVE URBAN GROWTH
TERRY NICHOLS CLARK, RICHARD LLOYD, KENNETH K. WONG and PUSHPAM JAIN

RATIONAL CHOICE AND REGIONAL GOVERNANCE
RICHARD C. FEIOCK

NEO-BOHEMIA: ART AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN CHICAGO
RICHARD LLOYD

THE AIR IS ALWAYS CLEANER ON THE OTHER SIDE: RACE, SPACE, AND AMBIENT AIR TOXICS IN CALIFORNIA
MANUEL PASTOR JR., RACHEL MORELLO-FROSCH and JAMES L. SADD

URBAN REGIME THEORY: A NORMATIVE-EMPIRICAL CRITIQUE
JONATHAN S. DAVIES

REGIONALISM RECONSIDERED
FRANCES FRISKEN and DONALD F. NORRIS

WHAT WE ARGUE ABOUT WHEN WE ARGUE ABOUT REGIONALISM
TODD SWANSTROM

Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Life of Cities
June 2012

This first virtual issue of 2012 highlights research recently published in the Journal of Urban Affairs focusing on immigration and social and ethnic transitions in cities in the US and abroad. The articles in this virtual issue focus on increasingly salient topics in a rapidly globalizing urban world: ethnic segregation, spatial settlement patterns, and concomitant tensions over culture, governance, employment, and rights.

SOCIAL AND ETHNIC SEGREGATION IN EUROPE: LEVELS, CAUSES AND EFFECTS
SAKO MUSTERD

IMMIGRATION AND THE NEW METROPOLITAN GEOGRAPHY
MICHAEL B. KATZ, MATHEW J. CREIGHTON, DANIEL AMSTERDAM, MERLIN CHOWKWANYUN

METROPOLITAN RECONFIGURATION AND CONTEMPORARY ZONES OF TRANSITION: CONCEPTUALIZING BORDER COMMUNITIES IN POSTSUBURBAN CALIFORNIA
DENNIS J. DOWNEY, DAVID A. SMITH

RIGHT TO THE SUBURB? RETHINKING LEFEBVRE AND IMMIGRANT ACTIVISM
GENEVIEVE CARPIO, CLARA IRAZÁBAL, LAURA PULIDO

EMPLOYMENT CONCENTRATION AND JOB QUALITY FOR LOW-SKILLED LATINO IMMIGRANTS
CATHY YANG LIU

ETHNIC RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION BY NATIVITY IN GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES
JOHN ICELAND, PABLO MATEOS, GREGORY SHARP

Multi-Level Scales And Urban Governance In Global Context
June 2011

Introduction: Welcome to the first virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs. The purpose of the virtual issues is to broaden the visibility of and access to the most cited and downloaded articles from recent issues of the JUA. This virtual issue highlights cutting edge research on governing global cities. For the full introduction click here.

SCALES, REGIMES, AND THE URBAN GOVERNANCE OF GLASGOW
ELIOT M. TRETTER

EMBEDDED CONTRASTS IN RACE, MUNICIPAL FRAGMENTATION, AND PLANNING: DIVERGENT OUTCOMES IN THE DETROIT AND GREATER TORONTO-HAMILTON REGIONS 1990-2000
A. J. JACOBS

PLACES AND PARTICIPATION: COMPARING RESIDENT PARTICIPATION IN POST-WWII NEIGHBORHOODS IN NORTHWEST, CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN EUROPE
KARIEN DEKKER and RONALD VAN KEMPEN

VOTERS' PREFERENCES REGARDING MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATION: EVIDENCE FROM THE QUEBEC DE-MERGER REFERENDA
GEORGES A. TANGUAY and DAVID F. WIHRY

MANAGING COMPETITION IN CITY SERVICES: THE CASE OF BARCELONA
GERMÀ BEL and MILDRED E. WARNER

Culture, Creative Class, and Mega-Events: Implications and Applications in Urban Areas
November 2011

Introduction: Welcome to the second virtual issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs. This issue highlights recent research exploring culture, creativity and the connections between mega-events such as the Olympics and culture in the life, economy, and governance of cities around the globe. The first two papers, by Rosdil and Brunet-Jailly discuss the importance of local governing or civic cultures and the relationship between culture and politics and policy-making. The articles by Zheng and Reese and colleagues explore the applications of creative class arguments proposed as economic growth drivers. The final three papers by Ren, Newman, and Broudehoux, and Andranovich and colleagues use the Olympics as a frame but highlight not only the economics surrounding mega-events but also their inherent ties to local host culture and politics. As a group the articles show the complex connections between issues of culture, economics, and politics in cities from Canada to China.

TESTING CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC EXPLANATIONS FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES: THE COMPETING CLAIMS OF SECURITY, DISTRESS, AND NONTRADITIONAL SUBCULTURES
DONALD ROSDIL

VANCOUVER: THE SUSTAINABLE CITY
EMMANUEL BRUNET-JAILLY

THE "ENTREPRENEURIAL STATE" IN "CREATIVE INDUSTRY CLUSTER" DEVELOPMENT IN SHANGHAI
JANE ZHENG

MEASURING THE CREATIVE CLASS: DO WE KNOW IT WHEN WE SEE IT?
LAURA A. REESE, JESSICA M. FAIST, and GARY SANDS

ARCHITECTURE AND NATION BUILDING IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION: CONSTRUCTION OF THE NATIONAL STADIUM OF BEIJING FOR THE 2008 OLYMPICS
XUEFEI REN

"BACK THE BID": THE 2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS AND THE GOVERNANCE OF LONDON
PETER NEWMAN

SPECTACULAR BEIJING: THE CONSPICUOUS CONSTRUCTION OF AN OLYMPIC METROPOLIS
ANNE-MARIE BROUDEHOU

OLYMPIC CITIES: LESSONS LEARNED FROM MEGA-EVENT POLITICS
GREG ANDRANOVICH, MATTHEW J. BURBANK, and CHARLES H. HEYING


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