Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest

(Re)development in New Jersey’s Suburbs: Homeownership, Local Development & the Perpetuation of Inequality

2014-2015 Equity + Opportunity Studies Fellow, Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity 

ABSTRACT: This paper examines how suburban redevelopment functions to perpetuate inequality at the individual, municipal, and metropolitan levels. This paper first examines the role of homeownership in the access to opportunities in the United States, and then examines the relationship between exclusion and inequality.  I specifically examine two types of redevelopment: 1) redevelopment initiated by city council action, and 2) single-lot homeowner redevelopment. I conclude with some of the implications of this trend of suburban redevelopment on segregation, the provision of public goods, and the continuation of structural inequality at various levels.

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