Mapping the presidential election in Dallas-Fort Worth

November 2016

As the dust settles on the 2016 presidential election, many pundits and academics alike are trying to make sense of the surprising results in the presidential race. TCU Center for Urban Studies Director Kyle Walker (Geography) and Center for Urban Studies affiliates Emily Farris (Political Science) and Sean Crotty (Geography) teamed up to visualize the […]

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The Over Time Impacts Of Smoke Free Air Ordinances In Texas

August 2016

TCU Economist and Center for Urban Studies affiliate Dr. Silda Nikaj, along with colleagues Joshua J. Miller and John Tauras, have published a working paper titled “The Over Time Impacts of Smoke Free Air Ordinances in Texas” as part of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working paper series.  The working paper is accessible from […]

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Explore the history of Latino Fort Worth

May 2016

TCU History professor and Center for Urban Studies faculty affiliate Max Krochmal and his colleagues have developed a new website, Latino Fort Worth, that allows visitors to explore the history of the city’s Latino community.  The website includes video clips from over 40 oral history interviews on topics such as migration; the barrios; schools & churches; work & entrepreneurship; […]

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Economists find discriminatory lending practices in mortgage industry

May 2016

This post is adapted with permission from the original version by Christopher Stolarski at Marquette University. A recently published article in the Journal of Urban Economics coauthored by Andrew Hanson (Marquette University), Zack Hawley (Texas Christian University, and the Center for Urban Studies), Hal Martin (Georgia State University), and Bo Liu (Georgia State University) finds that African-Americans face […]

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Does increasing student debt lead to lower homeownership rates among young adults?

May 2016

Post by Silda Nikaj, TCU Center for Urban Studies & Department of Economics The homeownership rate for 25 to 29 year olds fell from a 30 year high of 41.8% in 2006  to a 30 low of 31.7% in 2015 (US Census).  Many factors can explain the declining homeownership rate among young adults including long-term demographic […]

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Studying cities with open data

April 2016

Last week, Center for Urban Studies director Kyle Walker gave a talk at TCU titled “Studing Cities with Open Data.”  In the talk, he discussed ways in which open data is being used to learn more about the cities we live in, and some of the challenges that remain for making open data truly “open” and […]

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Exploring the demographics of counties in Texas

February 2016

Our most recent open data project is an application to explore the present and future demographics of counties in Texas, using publicly-available data from the Office of the Texas State Demographer.    Please click this link or click the image below to access the application. The application allows you to interactively explore population pyramids for the […]

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The Age of Fort Worth

December 2015

At the TCU Center for Urban Studies, we plan to produce data analyses and visualizations with open, public datasets that address urban issues in the Fort Worth and greater North Texas communities.  Our first such example is an interactive building age map of Fort Worth, which we are calling The Age of Fort Worth. Please click the link […]

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Welcome to the Center for Urban Studies blog!

Welcome to the blog of TCU’s Center for Urban Studies! We envision using this blog to share projects and perspectives on urban issues from Center-affiliated students and faculty. Posts will range from student and faculty research highlights, to interactive data visualizations of urban trends in Fort Worth and North Texas, to op-eds on critical issues […]

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