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Residential Segregation, Housing Submarkets, and Spatial Analysis: St. Louis and Cincinnati as a Case Study
Housing Policy Debate (2015)
  • Sungsoon Hwang, DePaul University
Abstract
This paper considers how spatial analysis of housing submarkets can advance research into residential segregation. While an emphasis on housing submarkets has been proposed as a new construct for modeling housing prices, its use in analyzing residential segregation has been limited. Recent advances in spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) present new opportunities for researchers to exploit the potential of housing submarkets as constructs that offer a more precise way to examine residential segregation. The paper synthesizes literature related to residential segregation and housing submarkets, and demonstrates how to delineate housing submarkets using publicly available data. It examines the spatial distribution of housing submarkets and how the socially disadvantaged are represented across housing submarkets in St. Louis and Cincinnati to conclude that St. Louis’s housing market is more polarized and racially segregated than Cincinnati’s. Spatial analysis of housing submarkets in conjunction with archival analysis provides a promising avenue for identifying residential segregation as a multidimensional phenomenon, and a means to explore local processes of urban inequality.
Keywords
  • Residential segregation; Housing submarkets; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Spatial analysis; Urban inequality
Publication Date
January, 2015
Citation Information
Sungsoon Hwang. "Residential Segregation, Housing Submarkets, and Spatial Analysis: St. Louis and Cincinnati as a Case Study" Housing Policy Debate Vol. 25 Iss. 1 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sungsoon_hwang/20/