Urban Studies

[Infographic] The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program: How does it work?

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) is an indirect subsidy mechanism created in 1986 to promote affordable housing construction. The Internal Revenue Service and state housing finance agencies work together to create incentives for nonprofits and for-profit developers to build affordable housing by attracting investors for tax credit benefits. With equity from sale of the tax credits, developers are able to build affordable housing. LIHTC properties provide units for low-income renters at affordable rents.

A Public Management Train Wreck: The Lessons of Unaccountability and the Washington Metro

I didn’t ride the Washington Metro the day it opened in March 1976. I waited for the crowds to abate before I shuttled back and forth in the Red Line between Farragut North and Union Station for the first time.

Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era: Revitalization Politics in the Postindustrial City

When urban neighborhoods are in the news, the stories seem to alternate between displacement and violence. Yet, beneath the headlines a more complicated narrative is taking shape. Authors of the recently published Urban Neighborhoods in a New Era tell us that despite plentiful remaining challenges, a past of unrelenting neglect and disregard shows signs of change.

[Infographic] How many people take the metro?

The recent shutdown of the Washington, D.C. metro system due to safety concerns underscored the crucial role that public transportation plays in cities. Riders depend on public transport to reduce commute times and connect to jobs. Public transit eases congestion, contributes to economic development, improves air quality, and conserves energy and resources.

How many people take the metro in U.S. cities and how does ridership in the U.S. compare to the rest of the world?

Localizing the SDGs: How Cities Can Help Achieve the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, world leaders agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Many of the SDGs are interrelated and will require governments to develop integrated and cross-cutting approaches to make the goals a reality. Cities and local stakeholders will play a critical role in implementing the SDGs.