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Urban planning professor to address neighborhood impact of housing foreclosures in March 26 lecture at ISU

March 13, 2014



AMES, Iowa — Andrew Greenlee, assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will address "The Geography of Risk and Post-Foreclosure Residential Displacement" in a lecture Wednesday, March 26, at Iowa State University.

Greenlee's talk will be from 12 to 1 p.m. in room 130 of the ISU College of Design. Part of the college's 2013-2014 Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, his presentation is free and open to the public.

Since 2007, residential foreclosures have become a common phenomenon in many U.S. communities, affecting households across traditional strata of race and class. Foreclosures not only result in economic shocks with significant ramifications for affected households, but also create grounds for further instability within affected neighborhoods, Greenlee said. In addition to the financial shock and loss of household assets, foreclosure can directly result in residential displacement, he said.

In this lecture, Greenlee will talk about what happens to households following disclosure and examine the extent to which increased foreclosure risk causes residential displacement. He also will discuss a new method for tracking the housing and neighborhood transitions that occur as a result of residential foreclosures.

Greenlee's research and teaching engage issues of housing policy, community development policy and social justice, with a focus on policy effects on low-income communities. His latest research examines the residential location choices of low-income households participating in the Federal Housing Choice Voucher Program.

His other recent research has examined the role of landlords in delivering subsidized housing, the nature of housing market changes around military bases, and the distribution of spending within tax increment financing districts in Chicago.

Greenlee holds a bachelor's degree in English and sociology from Grinnell College, a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa and a PhD in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Greenlee's visit is cosponsored by the Department of Community and Regional Planning and the College of Design.

Jane Rongerude, Community and Regional Planning, (515) 294-5289,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,