Research Query - Relationship between Urban Renewal and Municipal Finances

David Hochfelder's picture

Hello Everyone,

Longtime listener, first time caller.

I'm working on a history of urban renewal in New York State and a research question has arisen regarding the relationship between urban renewal and municipal finances. Essentially, if an urban renewal area remained cleared and vacant for several years, that had to affect property tax revenue. And increased spending on urban renewal would've affected the other side of the income statement as well.

Does anyone know of any literature on this subject? I'm aware of the work of William Collins and Katharine Shester on this, but that's about it.

Feel free to leave your answer here or email me directly.


Dave Hochfelder

University at Albany, SUNY