Mapping Stories of Neighborhood Change

Blog post by Geoff Smith, Sarah Duda, Alyson Dressman
September 2019

Institute for Housing Studies   (Chicago)

Every week there are new stories in the Chicago media highlighting neighborhood real estate investments, announcing new development projects, or describing the ways neighborhood residents are responding to housing market and demographic changes in their communities. To help track these stories and put them in a market context, IHS developed a new tool that maps the locations featured in these stories alongside our neighborhood displacement pressure market typologies. Viewing these stories together with our displacement risk indicators can provide spatial, housing market, and demographic context and help readers assess the potential implications of the activities described in each article. Users can explore the map tool by clicking on each point to display the related media story, accessing the link to the original story, and clicking each census tract to display housing market typology information.