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Robert Silverman Addresses Fair Housing and Urban Revitalization in Latest Publications

Published September 9, 2013

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Robert Silverman, along with Kelly Patterson from UB's School of Social Work, have teamed up on two publications, including a book on innovative school-neighborhood partnerships that address urban blight.

Robert Mark Silverman, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, along with Kelly Patterson, assistant professor of social work, and current MUP student, Jade Lewis, have published “Chasing a Paper Tiger: Evaluating Buffalo’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” in the journal Current Urban Studies. The article focuses on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s strategy to implement fair housing policy, specifically its requirement for local jurisdictions to receive community development block grant dollars to prepare an analysis of impediments to the fair housing choice (AI) report.

The article’s analysis is based on an evaluation of the City of Buffalo’s 2004 AI report. The findings from the evaluation revealed that the city had made little progress in implementing the action plan from its AI report over an eight-year period. The article highlights reforms to enhance the ability of AI reports to serve as effective planning tools for the affirmative furthering of fair housing policy. This research was funded by a grant from the Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. Read “Chasing a Paper Tiger” online.

Patterson and Silverman are also editors of Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development, to be released by Routledge this month. The book collects emerging research on the role of public institutions in community development, with special interest in new school-neighborhood partnerships that lead today’s most vibrant policy responses to urban blight. "Schools and Urban Revitalization" examines the impact of public and nonprofit institutions through interventions that spur urban economic revitalization and promote greater equity. “Schools and Urban Revitalization” is available for purchase online at Taylor Francis Group.