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Residential Mobility and Neighborhood Dynamics in a Depopulated Detroit Neighborhood

a PSC Small Fund Research Project

Investigator:   Sarah Seelye

Explanations for the departure of residents from Detroit are numerous, but less attention has been given to the reasons why people stay and the ways in which residents of depopulated areas experience their neighborhood. This study uses in-depth interviews with current and previous residents of Detroit’s most depopulated neighborhoods to understand how they experience and give meaning to staying in or moving from a place that has lost a large number of residents.

Through interviews with current and past residents, the goal of this study is twofold: (1) to develop a better understanding of the motivations and rationale behind mobility decisions for those living in a depopulated area, and (2) to understand the experiences of residents, their use of neighborhood space, and the social construction of place for those who remain in neighborhoods with substantial population loss.

Funding Period: 05/17/2013 to 05/16/2014

Country of Focus: USA

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