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The House That Miss Ruby Built: Conceptions Of Identity, Value And Social Relationships In Limited Equity Cooperatives, Jill Siegel Jan 2014

The House That Miss Ruby Built: Conceptions Of Identity, Value And Social Relationships In Limited Equity Cooperatives, Jill Siegel

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My dissertation examines a specific form of low-income homeownership in New York City known as limited equity cooperatives (LECs). I examine conceptions of property relations among low-income urban people of color as they transition to homeownership in these housing cooperatives, as well as the role of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), an organization in New York City that assists renters in their transformation into cooperative homeowners. Using an LEC located in the Harlem/Washington Heights area as a case study, I explore how residents negotiate their new roles as collective owners, not renters, and argue that these new economic ...


Impacts Of French High-Speed Rail Investment On Urban Agglomeration Economies, Mengke Chen Jan 2014

Impacts Of French High-Speed Rail Investment On Urban Agglomeration Economies, Mengke Chen

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In order to investigate the role of high-speed rail (HSR) investment in aiding the transformation process of urban agglomeration economies, this study focuses on three fundamental questions through an observation of more than 100 French cities. First, how has HSR investment impacted the reshaping of accessibility patterns in France? Using rail travel timetables from 1982 to 2009, I adopt gravity models to identify the spatial distribution of accessibility in France. I find that although the introduction of HSR improved the level of mobility and accessibility both between Paris and other cities and among cities in general, this was unequal and ...