University of Iowa

Housing and Equity

Academic Year 
2015-2016
College/Department 
Urban & Regional Planning
Project Partner 

Urban and Regional Planning students examined trends of income inequality in the Iowa City metropolitan area and developed a plan identifying income inequality trends in Iowa City, case studies of similar areas, and strategies for supporting affordable housing in the community; poster displaying results and recommendations; and presentation displaying results and recommendations.

Income inequality is quickly becoming one of the most pressing problems facing cities. Growing concentrations of affluence and poverty can directly or indirectly lead to inequitable access to employment, education and public services. Critical to the effort to maintain healthy neighborhoods appealing to diverse populations is the preservation of affordable housing. In Iowa City, meeting this challenge is a significant goal of the comprehensive plan.