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