Clarence Stone (left) receives the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award from Michael Leo Owens (Emory Univ)

Clarence Stone (George Washington Univ) receives the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award from Michael Leo Owens (Emory Univ)

Award Recipient

Clarence Stone (George Washington University)

Award Committee Assessment

Clarence Stone’s work is truly foundational. Virtually everyone in urban political science and in urban studies is at least acquainted with his writing on urban regimes.

With regard to teaching, Clarence Stone has been a much loved mentor to several generations of scholars in the field and has been the major professor for many students who entered the field of urban politics beginning in the 1970s, continuing to this day. Thus, the cumulative impact of Clarence Stone’s work will last well into the future for the development of the field of Urban Affairs, particularly in urban politics.

Award Committee

Chair Louise Simmons (University of Connecticut); Carolyn Adams (Temple University); Greg Andranovich (California State University, Los Angeles); Alex Schwartz (The New School); Phil Nyden (Loyola University Chicago)

Read more about the Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award.

(Based on articles from the Volume year of 2013)

2014 Best Journal of Urban Affairs Article Award Winner, Timothy Haney (Mount Royal Univ)

2014 Best Journal of Urban Affairs Article Award Winner, Timothy Haney (Mount Royal Univ)

Award Recipient

Timothy J. Haney (Mount Royal University)

Award Committee Assessment

There were many worthy contenders, but the research question, methodology, writing and execution of “Off to Market: Neighborhood and Individual Employment Barriers for Women in 21st Century American Cities” made it a winner across multiple categories. The implications of the research are important across disciplines, and the question of how the constructs of gender, place, and support networks come together to affect employment opportunities was elegantly examined. The article also offers some fundamental insights into how neighborhoods and individual characteristics interplay in ways that can have serious policy implications, and thus makes the work both timely and relevant.

Award Committee

Chair Bernadette Hanlon (Ohio State University); Jill L. Tao (Incheon National University); William Holt (Birmingham-Southern College); Margaret Cowell (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); Renia Ehrenfeucht (University New Orleans)

Read more about the award for Best Published Paper in the Journal of Urban Affairs.

2014 UAA Alma H Young Emerging Scholar Award Recipient, Matthew Weber (Univ. of Michigan)

2014 UAA Alma H Young Emerging Scholar Award Recipient, Matthew Weber (Univ. of Michigan)

Award Recipient

Matthew D. Weber (University of Michigan)

Award Committee Assessment

Mr. Weber is a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and he is completing a dissertation entitled “Informal Property Ownership and Shrinking Cities: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options” (under Margaret Dewar (chair), Richard Norton, Martin Murray, and Trina Shanks). Mr. Weber holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs and Policy Analysis and Juris Doctorate from the University of
Wisconsin.

Committee members note that Mr. Weber’s dissertation prospectus is sound, outstanding and quite innovative; that Mr. Weber organized scholarly activities around the Detroit School Theory, indicating a future major contribution to scholarship; and that Mr. Weber was the Co-Instructor of the Integrative Field Experience class and the Primary Instructor of the Neighborhood Planning class. His nominator, Dr. Margaret Dewar, notes that “Weber is an exceptionally strong Ph.D. student, the best I have advised or with whom I have interacted in classes from any discipline. He is a very clear, logical thinker. His analysis of literature is excellent. He is an excellent writer. He is articulate in speaking about his ideas so that he excites others about the work he is doing.”

Weber is studying “legacy cities”, those cities that came of age amidst the Fordist mode of production and which today struggle with a diminished tax base, population loss, vacant and abandoned properties, crime, poverty, and low educational attainment. His dissertation makes use of the unique research opportunities legacy cities afford: how their scope and scale of decline brings to light phenomena that may be more difficult to observe in growing cities, in turn building a deeper understanding of urban processes and exposing gaps in urban theory and mismatches between policies presuming growth and places dominated by population loss and weak real estate markets.

Weber argues that the emptied out neighborhoods, concentrated poverty and diminished property values in legacy cities work to break down the legal, economic, social and spatial mechanisms that ordinarily reproduce formal property ownership. The result, absent the right policy responses, is widespread informal ownership. Based on this insight, Weber makes innovative use of theory, integrating literature on informal settlements in the global South with the literature on shrinking cities to draw parallels between similar processes unfolding in very different contexts. This is a fascinating approach to the (longstanding and seemingly intractable) problems legacy cities face. Moreover, Dr. Dewar notes “[…] little careful scholarship exists on exactly what places become after prolonged, extreme population loss and property disinvestment or on what mechanisms make a difference in what such places become […].” She continues to note that Weber is “documenting the extent of informal ownership and its spatial distribution and has so far found, for instance, that in areas of the city with only 10 to 30 percent of the peak number of households, squatters have taken over almost 10 percent of properties. […] If informal property ownership is widespread in heavily disinvested areas of declining cities, this has profound implications for the futures of such cities and for the low-income residents of the most disinvested places.”

As his advisor notes, “Matthew is already building a scholarly community around legacy city research through organizing the Detroit School series. This series asks how studying Detroit and cities like it changes the questions we ask and answers we find in urban scholarship, and brings together participants from departments as varied as history, anthropology, sociology, economics, public policy, urban planning and political science. He is also deeply engaged as an educator, speaking perceptively in his personal statement of the emotional aspects of teaching about legacy cities, arguing they encourage a deeper engagement with the material.” In conclusion, the Committee has no doubt that Alma Young would be proud of this emerging scholar. His work honors the legacy of Alma Young, and promises to chart an exciting path forward in urban affairs.

Award Committee

Chair Katrin B. Anacker (George Mason University); Kenya Covington (California State University, Northridge); Desiree Fields (City University of New York); Donald Rosdil (Towson University); Robert Silverman (University at Buffalo)

Read more about the Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award.

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2014 Best Conference Paper Award Winners:
George Galster (Wayne State University) and Erica Raleigh (Data Driven Detroit)

Award Recipients

George Galster (Wayne State University) and Erica Raleigh (Data Driven Detroit).

Award Committee Assessment

“Neighborhood disinvestment, abandonment and crime dynamics” is an excellent contribution to knowledge on urban processes. Galster and Raleigh provide a comprehensive analysis of a unique dataset, which was recently produced for Detroit on neighborhood decline, vacancies, abandonment and crime. Their rigorous and comprehensive analytical framework, based on a solid theoretical foundation, provides a critical perspective on the readily assumed notions about the relationship between abandoned buildings, crime, drugs and liquor licenses and perceived and actual neighborhood safety in Detroit.

Galster and Raleigh’s study seeks to provide a broader base to understand neighborhood effect on crime by addressing social disorganization, place attachment, informal social control and collective action and collective efficacy, among other indicators. The non-linearity of how these different indicators relate, tells a strong empirical story of the different phases of neighborhood decline and crime, and provides insights on the impacts of Detroit’s social and physical infrastructure. While Detroit is an extreme case, the non-linearity of urban decline highlights the importance of their methodological approach to a broad audience, which can enrich the conceptual and analytical approaches of those interested in urban planning, political science, geography, as well as those interested in strengthening and creatively designing quantitative research methodologies. This study encourages urban managers to reconsider how abandoned housing is managed and demolished, and what would be the “right size” for an urban area, particularly in declining cities. The committee therefore agreed that the Best Paper Award should be given to: “Neighborhood disinvestment, abandonment and crime dynamics” at the 44th Urban Affairs Association Annual
Meeting in San Antonio.

Award Committee

Chair Julia Nevarez (Kean University); Yilan Xu (University of Illinois); Frederick Douzet (Universite de Paris 8); Cathy Yang Liu (Georgia State University); Kristen Crossney (West Chester University)

Read more about the Best Conference Paper Award.

The UAA Conference was the subject of a San Antonio op ed piece with specific mentions of presentations by Timothy Weaver and David Imbroscio.

Read the article

Jan
13
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Conference Hotel Alert

Conference Hotel Update

As of Monday, January 13, the Westin Hotel room block is 95% filled.  The hotel has informed us that the following room spaces are available as of this morning.  These will likely be gone within the next 24 hours.

  • March 18 – 7
  • March 19 – 15
  • March 20 – 27
  • March 21 – 7
  • March 22 – 3
  • March 23 – 2

Once these rooms are gone, the Westin has no obligation to provide rooms at the negotiated discount rates.

New Hotel Option:
UAA has negotiated for a block of extra rooms at the Contessa Hotel across the street from the Westin.  The negotiated rates are:

  • City View Standard Suite (single bed with sofa-bed)–$179)
  • City View Double Suite (2 double beds and sofa-bed–$179/$204)

Please use the direct link below to make your reservation at the Contessa:
https://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/g_reservation.cfm?groupID=1124304&hotelID=15294

Hotel Contessa Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
306 West Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: 210.229-9222 ext.5054   (Do not use this phone number to make reservations – rates quoted may be different! Use the link above to reserve a room.)

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IMMEDIATELY!

UAA is not responsible for providing a discounted room rate to every conference participant. Once the room block at the Contessa is filled, you have no guarantee of a discounted room rate at either property. The month of the conference is a popular spring break period. Hotels in the city will be under high demand. You have been officially warned.

Jan
12
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Award Nominations Request

The 2014 UAA-SAGE Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Award Presentation and Lecture will be held at the UAA Conference, on Friday, March 21.

Nominations Deadline: January 31, 2014

Purpose

The UAA-SAGE Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Award and Lecture have been established to highlight the importance of field-based urban scholarship and promote the dissemination of work by activist urban scholars. The inspiration for this award and lecture is the career of Dr. Marilyn Gittell, former Director of the Howard Samuels Center and Professor of Political Science at The Graduate School at City University of New York. Over the course of her career, Dr. Gittell became well-known for research that dealt with difficult policy issues, that directly engaged the communities impacted by those issues, and that challenged both scholars and policymakers to consider the outcomes and implications of that research. Thus the award seeks to honor the contributions of a scholar whose research record shows a direct relationship between activism, scholarship and engagement with community(ies).

The UAA-SAGE Marilyn Gittell Activist Scholar Lecture is held at the annual meetings of the Urban Affairs Association.  The award recipient will present a formal lecture about her/his research, its findings and implications for practice and policy. The lecture will include two to three “discussants” who are members of the community(ies) studied.

Eligibility

The award is designed to focus on the research of an individual who is, or has been engaged in field-based research in the host city of the Association conference. This year that city is San Antonio. The research would ideally incorporate direct engagement with local community based organizations and/or local residents around a policy area of high importance.

Award Benefits

UAA provides a special award plaque and the award recipient will receive an honorarium of $1,000. The community discussants will receive honorariums of $250 each. A press release will be prepared announcing the winner and the lecture date and location.

Nominations

To nominate an individual for this award, send the following information to Margaret Wilder, UAA Executive Director (wilder@uaamail.org) no later than Friday, January 31, 2014.

  • Your name, job title, institution or organization affiliation, and your email address
  • Name of nominee, title or position, institution or organization affiliation, email address (if known);
  • Brief statement of your reasons for nomination (maximum of 100 words)

Selection Process

The award winner/lecturer is selected by a seven person committee chaired by the UAA Executive Director.  The committee consists of two SAGE representatives, two UAA Board members, and two representatives from the Local Host Committee (i.e., The University of Texas at San Antonio) of the annual conference.  Once the award recipient has been identified, the UAA Executive Director contacts the winner and outlines the logistics of the lecture and award presentation.  The recipient will be notified no later than Monday, February 10, 2014.

Jan
9
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Registration & Hotel Updates

February

  • February 1, 2014 — Late Registration Deadline–5pm (Central Standard Time)
    Registration deadline for all presenters on the conference program.
    Warning: Your paper WILL removed from the program if you fail to register by this date.
  • As of  Tuesday, January 7, the UAA Westin hotel room block is 75% filled.  We expect the entire set of discounted rooms to be completely taken by next week. If you want to stay in the Westin, reserve your room now!  The Westin has advised us that additional rooms may be available after our block is filled, BUT only at higher prices!If you encounter problems making your reservation, please send a brief message to Shelly Tillinghast (shellyt@uaamail.org) indicating the dates and type of room you are seeking.

To complete your conference registration and reserve a room at the Westin, visit the UAA conference web site. If your plans have changed and you need to withdraw, please fill out the UAA Withdrawal Form.

Dec
23
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San Antonio Tours

Information about San Antonio tours has been posted on the conference site! Tour descriptions and registration instructions are provided on the 2014 Conference Tours page.

As you are busy preparing for the holidays, please do not forget these important upcoming conference deadlines.

January

February

  • February 1, 2014 Late Registration Deadline–5pm (Central Standard Time)
    Registration deadline for all presenters on the conference program.
    Warning: Your paper may be removed from the program if you fail to register by this date.
  • February 20, 2014Hotel Reservation Deadline
    Deadline to make reservations and receive discounted room rate at Westin Riverwalk Hotel (subject to room availability—room block can fill up prior to this date)—Update: as of  December 22, the Westin hotel room block is about 50% filled.  We expect the entire set of discounted rooms to be completely taken by end of January. If you want to stay in the Westin, reserve your room now!  The Westin has advised us that additional rooms may be available after our block is filled, BUT only at higher prices!

To complete your conference registration and reserve a room at the Westin, visit the UAA conference web site. If your plans have changed and you need to withdraw, please fill out the UAA Withdrawal Form.