April 25, 2019
A study of neighborhood change across America recently released by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity shows that poverty concentration and neighborhood decline are occurring more frequently in American cities than gentrification and displacement of low-income families. It also finds that decline is strongly associated with white flight and concentration of families of color.
March 6, 2019
The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity played a pivotal role in a case against a Connecticut-based bank that yielded a $16M-plus fair housing settlement.
February 9, 2017
A new report from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School describes how charter schools are worsening segregation and failing to achieve consistent academic improvement.
January 14, 2016
Study shows little to no evidence of gentrification in any of the neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul that are logical candidates for such change. Many, in fact, show signs of decline, implying that public policies should be designed to prevent continuing cycles of decline rather than gentrification.
June 26, 2015
In a decision issued yesterday in the case of Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the availability of a “disparate impact” cause of action arising under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). In writing the opinion for the 5-4 majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited a brief written by Professor Myron Orfield and other housing scholars; the brief described the history of housing segregation in the United States that led to the passage of the FHA in 1968. Orfield and the Law School’s Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, of which he is the director, were involved in the case from its inception, preparing and analyzing data and doing legal research for the plaintiff, the nonprofit Inclusive Communities Project of Texas.
October 13, 2014
A new study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (IMO) at the University of Minnesota Law School showed that charter schools in Chicago underperform comparable traditional public schools and are more highly segregated by race. The analysis used comprehensive data for Chicago schools in 2012-13 and controlled for the mix of students and other challenges faced by individual schools.