J. Rosie Tighe
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Tighe’s research focuses on housing policy, race and ethnicity, and neighborhood revitalization.
Analyzes how urban renewal unfolded in Asheville, how people perceive the injustices associated with urban renewal, and the legacy that urban renewal programs undertaken by the city of Asheville may have on future planning efforts. Investigates the policy intentions, implementation style, and community participation efforts of the urban renewal projects undertaken during the 1960s and 1970s in the East Riverside neighborhood. Explores how perceived and real missteps during that period continue to affect planners and policy makers today.
Analyzes whether the housing-only approach is a complete one and whether increased transportation investments in redeveloping neighborhoods in shrinking cities can be leveraged to improve the lives of the poor. Suggest that funding for subsidized housing does not produce units affordable to the poor in declining cities, limiting the efficacy of a housing- only approach.
Investigates the extent to which housing policy and planning in the U.S. successfully achieves the goals of equity and fairness or whether NIMBY forces operating within (and beyond) ‘democratic’ planning processes override those principles in siting decisions.
Investigates four cities that were important to the Civil Rights Movement to examine demographic, economic, and sociocultural trends and how they affect racial minority groups. Argues that, despite considerable improvement in terms of poverty rate, unemployment, and income, Blacks continue to remain substantially behind Whites in these cities, indicating that desegregation and access to opportunity has done little to close the black-white opportunity gap.