Research Report Neighborhood Disparities in Investment Flows in Chicago
Brett Theodos, Eric Hangen, Brady Meixell, Prasanna Rajasekaran
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Capital has flowed inequitably to communities across the US for decades, often with a racialized motivation or a racialized effect. This report analyzes investment flows for Chicago from 2011 to 2017, studying what kinds of money have been flowing, and for what purposes, into the City’s neighborhoods. Looking at these data by neighborhood race and poverty rate reveal stark investment disparities. Extensive and sustained public and private action will be required to generate financial opportunities for all of Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being Nonprofits and philanthropy Families Social safety net Race and equity State and local finance Housing
Tags Employment and income data Racial and ethnic disparities Racial segregation Multifamily finance Single-family finance Credit availability Financial products and services Wealth inequality Public and private investment Community and economic development Finance Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial inequities in economic mobility
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
States Illinois
Cities Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI