Urban Dictionary

Below is a growing Urban Dictionary that students in my Urban Studies 101 class have begun. This glossary will continue to grow with additions from students each semester. We hope that this glossary will be of use in understanding urban issues more broadly.

TOPIC: Measuring Poverty

Federal poverty measure
Self-sufficiency standard 
Supplemental Poverty measure

TOPIC: Theorizing poverty and the American Dream

Poverty as pathology
Poverty as accident/incident
Poverty as structure
Social mobility

TOPIC: Economic Inequality

Income Inequality
Job Polarization
Wealth
Income
Assets
Financial Wealth

TOPIC: Historical development of Cities – Housing

New Deal
Housing Act of 1934/Federal Housing Administration (Also)
1956 National Defense Highways Act
The Great Migration
Redlining
Eminent domain
Suburbanization
Deindustrialization
Racial zoning
Urban Renewal
Slum clearance
Restrictive covenants
GI Bill
American Ghetto
Industrial City
Blockbusting
Kerner Commission
Blighted Lands

TOPIC: Historical development of Cities – Economic Development

1974 Fiscal Crisis, NYC
MAC and ECFB
Austerity
Neoliberalism
Planned Shrinkage
‘Burning down Bronx’
The Entrepreneurial City

TOPIC: Globalization and Privatization of Risk and Well-being

Globalization
Hyper-mobility of Capital
Bargaining Power
NAFTA
Deunionization

TOPIC: Shifts in welfare and low-wage work

Welfare Queen
‘Cliff Effect’