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Durham: A Study of Crime Rates from the Past Decade

In this presentation, I analyze trends in the Bull City’s crime rates.

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Willson Buchanan

The Construction of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Its Effect on the Revitalization of Downtown Durham

In this presentation, I examine the history of the Durham Bulls, their ballpark, and their effect on the revitalization of downtown Durham.

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Ross Sylvester

Crime and the Recent Financial Crisis

In this presentation, I examine the idea that increased crime is associated with economic downturns.  I focus especially on crime statistics during the recent financial crisis.

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Dennis Chao

How Durham Fared in the Recent Housing Crisis and the Road to Recovery

In this presentation,  I examine the relative impact of the nationwide housing crisis on Durham in comparison with other cities.

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Daniel Kindya

The Bull City’s Rising Creative Class

In this presentation, I examine recent shifts in the demographics of workers in Durham, including the development of a “creative class,” and what implications these shifts have for policy makers in the Bull City.  Specifically, the literature in this area proposes that monetary incentives have a limited effect on the locational decisions of the creative class, and the presence of other factors that attract them, such as cultural amenities or a diverse, open and creative milieu (Florida 2002) may justify alternative forms of investments in a city.

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Sarah Chan

Durham and Chisinau: Urban Revitalization through Adaptive Re-Use of Industrial Structures

Durham’s recent revival of its downtown’s economic and social activity can be used as a model for other cities with similar post-industrial disinvestment.   Besides being relevant for analogous American cities, Durham’s redevelopment strategies are even more pertinent for post-Soviet cities that are still undergoing industrial downsizing and could learn to prevent further urban degeneration.

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Kseniya Benderskaya

Are Market-Based Environmental Laws Really the Best Thing Since Slice Bread?

In the attached presentation, I examine this question through a case study of environmental justice and the toxic release inventory in North Carolina.

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Jacy Gaige

Co-evolution of Density and Topology in a Model of City Formation

An article written by Barthélemy and Flammini uses a model of city formation to study the interplay between the local density of population and the structure of the road network. This basic city model describes the interplay between the co-evolution of the population density and the topology of the road network. Specifically the rent cost and the demand for accessibility transforms the population spatial density. If transportation costs are higher, a densely populated area emerges around which the density decays exponentially. The demand for accessibility increases when rent costs are high. A very important element, how individuals or companies choose a location, is very important for modeling the evolution of a city. It is affected by two main factors, transportation costs and rent price. If β is very large, then the location which maximizes the cost is chosen. When λ is small density plays the dominant role in determining the location of the new centers.

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Barthélemy, Marc & Flammini, Alessandro. (2009). Co-evolution of Density and Topology in a

Simple Model of City Formation. Networks and Spatial Economics. 9, 401-425.

Grace Wang