First blog post

The New 2018 has begun, I am very excited and look forward to a healthy, fun and productive year! My family has gone through some difficult changes, but I think that we have pushed through and I am quite hopeful about the future.

I am enthusiastic about my latest project on organic mixed-income neighborhoods. Some of you may wonder what “organic” means in a research context, and no, it is not USDA certified, at least not yet 🙂  In my latest research article, you can find a link to it in the About tag, I discuss the differences between “design-politics” and “organic” mixed-income neighborhoods. Design-politics neighborhoods are communities influenced by the federal housing policies in integrating former public housing residents with higher income groups. It is believed that such income integration will be beneficial to lower-income groups, where through better housing conditions and role-modeling they will create better lives. The question is do policy intentions correspond to reality, thus the title of the paper, Is it all in the eye of the beholder? Is this policy a wishful thinking or a reality?

Furthermore, what I am most interested in is how do real-life diverse communities fare? In cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and many others, we can find hundreds of neighborhoods, where people from diverse economic backgrounds live. What I would like to do is find out more about the naturally occurring mixed-income communities, formed without explicit government intervention. Therefore, these naturally formed communities I called “organic mixed-income neighborhoods.”

My second line of research for a while has been on gated communities and some of you may have heard that I am working on a book about it. Don’t hold your breath, but I do plan to finish it because it will be great to put together in one place all the knowledge I have accumulated on this topic.

Finally, building on the new technological advancement in big data analysis I am finishing a paper with some colleagues, using FB data. I hope to be able to complete it soon and will post it right here. Stay tuned!