VIDEO: “Urban Revitalization or Planned Extinction” by professor of economics at the Ohio State University

Why do some neighborhoods need revitalizing? Urban revitalization implies something was once thriving but now must be restored. In this talk, an economist and historian shares his story about how his research on historical neighborhood change literally hits home and places him at ground zero for segregation, redlining, urban decay, and urban renewal. He shares his perspective on how to acknowledge the past and change blighted communities today.

Trevon D. Logan is the Hazel C. Younberg Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Ohio State University as well as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University’s Center for Health and Well-Being and at the University of Michigan, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research. He is also an affiliate of the Initiative in Population Research, the Center for Human Resource Research, the Food Innovation Center, and the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Explorations in Economic History, Historical Methods and Demographic Research.

Professor Logan specializes in economic history, economic demography and applied microeconomics. His research in economic history concerns the development of living standards measures that can be used to directly asses the question of how the human condition has changed over time.

Watch 13-minute TEDx video.

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