Spatial Reproductions of Inequality in New Haven, CT

Authors: James Eager*,
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environment
Keywords: Urban planning, environmental justice, sustainable development, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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As cities in the United States become denser, they also seek to improve their efficiency. Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have forged progressive paths in urban planning, with broad success; however, progress can sometimes be exclusionary – only developing those areas which are either more homogenous or increasingly gentrified. This study aims to look at New Haven, Connecticut – dubbed the most average city in America by Five Thirty Eight – and the local government’s sustainable development plans and initiatives. The goal is to analyze where its’ progress has been equitable, and where further work can be done as the forthcoming Sustainability Framework begins to come into effect. Using ArcGIS, census data, reports from the city, and outside research from local universities and non-governmental organizations, locations where development is underway will be analyzed with regards to the success of these initiatives and the communities which they are targeted towards. The results of this study will help elucidate whether the city is approaching development with both environment and equality in mind. These results will offer comparisons to cities like Portland, where development has opened doors for gentrification and warehousing of the city’s poor, in exchange for important strides in urban sustainable development. Equitable growth and sustainable growth are inseparable, as one influences and supports the other. This study’s findings will help determine whether the urban landscape in New Haven is achieving a holistic approach to sustainability, or if its progress is lopsided.

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