The Language of Neighborhood Change and Stability | SAD Seminar Series

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SAD Seminar Series 2020 presents a talk from Elizabeth Delmelle, Associate Professor at University of North Carolina

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The Language of Neighborhood Change and Stability: Text Analysis of Property Advertisements

As back to the city movements gain traction in cities across the United States (or now re-reverse themselves), the role of urban amenities in explaining shifting sorting patterns is increasingly important. In this presentation, I demonstrate the utility of property text advertisements and home mortgage lending data for gaining insight on urban changes. We analyze the relative importance of words gleaned from property advertisements in neighborhoods classified according to who is buying homes in which types of neighborhoods. Initial results illustrate a shift from traditionally held ideas of urban sorting with auto-dominated words (“car”, “cul-de-sac”, “garage”) prominent in neighborhoods with an increasing share of minority homebuyers while proximity to downtown, transit, and walkability dominate increasingly White neighborhoods.

Elizabeth Delmelle is associate professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research interests lie within two general fields of application: urban and neighborhood dynamics and urban transportation.

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