Brief #3 - The Nature of Social Interaction in Mixed-Income Developments

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This brief focuses on early social relations in two mixed-income developments, Oakwood Shores and Westhaven Park, that are part of the City of Chicago's Plan for Transformation. We investigate how different residents—relocated public housing renters, affordable and market-rate renters, and affordable and market-rate owners—describe and assess their social interactions with their neighbors. We first discuss three main types of interactions among residents:


  • Casual relations among neighbors
  • "Instrumental" exchanges of information or favors
  • Negative interactions

 We then explore how these interactions compare to where residents used to live. Finally, we analyze barriers and challenges to interaction. 

Read the brief here (PDF)

This brief is based on a longer paper, Social Interaction in Mixed-Income Developments: Relational Expectations and Emerging Reality (Chaskin and Joseph, 2011, Journal of Urban Affairs 33(2): 209-237).