J. Rosie Tighe

Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

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Tighe’s research focuses on housing policy, race and ethnicity, and neighborhood revitalization.

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"Section 8 Allowed," Joseph W. Mead (with Megan E. Hatch and J. Rosie Tighe), ShelterForce, July 3, 2018.
"The Effects of NIMBY and How to Overcome Them," J. Rosie Tighe (with Corianne Payton Scally), Rooflines, June 10, 2014.
"Who, Why, and How Communities Oppose Affordable Housing," J. Rosie Tighe (with Corianne Payton Scally), Rooflines, April 23, 2014.
"NIMBY: Where, When, and to Which Developers It Happens," J. Rosie Tighe (with Corianne Payton Scally), Rooflines, March 31, 2014.
"New York State’s Affordable Housing Developers: What They Do, How They Do It," J. Rosie Tighe (with Corianne Payton Scally), Rooflines, January 30, 2014.
Regular contributions by J. Rosie Tighe to Rooflines.


"Who is a Nuisance? Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinances in Ohio" (with Megan E. Hatch, J. Rosie Tighe, Kristi Andrasik, Marissa Pappas, and Elizabeth Bonham). Social Science Research Network (2017).

Discusses Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinances (CANOs), local laws found in thousands of cities throughout the country which penalize property owners if repeated incidents of criminal activity related to their property occur over a set period of time. Finds these laws often have consequences for survivors of domestic violence and others experiencing crisis.

"Collective Memory and Planning: The Continuing Legacy of Urban Renewal in Asheville, NC" (with Timothy J. Opelt). Journal of Planning History 15, no. 1 (2016): 46-67.

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. 

"Do Shrinking Cities Allow Redevelopment Without Displacement? An Analysis of Affordability Based on Housing and Transportation Costs for Redeveloping, Declining, and Stable Neighborhoods" (with Joanna P. Ganning). Housing Policy Debate (2016).

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.

"Democracy in Action?: NIMBY as Impediment to Equitable Affordable Housing Siting" (with Corianne Payton Scally). Housing Studies 30, no. 5 (2015): 749-769.

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.

"Race, Space, and the Urban South – Then and Now" (with Elana Needle and Robert Hawkins). Journal of Policy Practice 14, no. 2 (2015): 96-113.

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.

"The Divergent City: Unequal and Uneven Development in Shrinking Cities" (with Joanna Ganning). Urban Geography (2015).
Analyzes three significant planning interventions in St. Louis, MO that spurred displacement of populations: Urban Renewal, Triage, and the Foreclosure Crisis. Argues that the differential experiences of Black and White during each of these periods represents two faces of development: one in the north of the city that is largely Black, experiencing vacant land, high crime, and crumbling infrastructure; another in the south of the city that is largely White, enjoying pockets of vibrant commercial development, larger homes, and stable real estate markets.
"Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis in Appalachia: A Policy Review and Survey of Housing Counselors" Housing Policy Debate 23, no. 1 (2013).
Investigates the impact of existing policies upon Appalachian communities and households – analyzing whether communities suffering from widespread foreclosures lack the governmental and non-profit resources necessary to adequately utilize funding and other resources to respond to the crisis.
"How Race and Class Stereotyping Shapes Attitudes toward Affordable Housing" Housing Studies (2012).
Examines how perceptions of race and class shape opinions that underlie public opposition to affordable housing. Argues that such perceptions are particularly strong determinants of negative attitudes about affordable housing.
Affordable Housing Reader (with Elizabeth Mueller) ((Routledge, 2012).
Brings together classic works and contemporary writing on the themes and debates that have animated the field of affordable housing policy as well as the challenges in achieving the goals of policy on the ground.