Researching Urban Research

Today, the students spent time reading urban research articles of their choosing at sites like CityLab and FiveThirtyEight. They each picked two articles to study further, one of which they chose to present to the rest of the class. They did a great job asking questions after each mini-presentation. “How did they determine that number? Why didn’t they mention this particular aspect?” I also encouraged the students to talk about what type of statistics were used and what further questions each article’s research prompted. They really enjoyed this project, so it’s something we’ll do again soon. Then, we brainstormed and voted on the site for our upcoming third survey. Census tract 406, which includes parts of the Ravenswood and Lincoln Square neighborhoods, was the winner.