This research investigates the relationship between urban growth and the legislative response within cities to promote equal housing policies. Modern migratory events may not occur en masse- like the events examined, although migrations due to climate change present urban areas with a challenging circumstance. Politicians can choose to respond to their migrating and preexisting constituents as a group of independent, yet closely influenced identities, or they can respond to them as a tool for capital generation. I am curious about how the racial or ethnic composition of this migration event affects the persistence & presence of an equal housing policy. Detroit will be the case study, and Vienna and Seattle will serve as comparative cases. I will analyze each case using a coding method I have created, to compare the city’s experience with racial diversity, and its subsequent effect on affordable housing outcomes. I will also compare the presence of racial diversity up to 1960 with the legislative response of affordable housing minimums for middle-low income groups. This research seeks to fill an important gap in the literature by exploring how political actions are influenced by identity composition of a population and the exacerbation of urban economic inequalities.


Haider, Erum


Political Science


Comparative Politics | Urban Studies and Planning

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis


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