What Do We Do?

Neighborhood inequality and spatial injustice are among the top problems facing U.S. urban centers.  The problems are related to the interplay between the urban land and labor markets, which forces blacks, Latinos and people of color to live in the most undesirable locales in the metropolis.  The goal of the UB Center for Urban Studies is to work with residents, stakeholders and public officials to regenerate distressed neighborhoods by physically transforming and turning them into a socially functional community.

What Drives Our Work?

Our work is based on the goal of building a just metropolis anchored by inclusive, healthy and democratic neighborhoods, which serve as platforms that enable residents to realize their full human potential. This approach to planning involves:

  • creating neighborhood planning strategies design to mitigate the neoliberal land-tenure system, produce high quality, affordable housing, and build green, healthy places;
  • forge social development strategies that guides the development of strong institutions, programs and activities to build capacity, help people grapple with socioeconomic issues and shepherd the development of young people;
  • establish neighborhood economic development programs designed to produce community wealth, jobs and opportunities;
  • fight for urban policies and practices designed to build just communities
  • train researchers and practitioners who seek to build a just metropolis based on racial and socioeconomic justice