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Research Project

The Relationship of Transportation and the Housing Crisis

The objective of this study was to research housing foreclosures and transportation expenditures in the Chicago area and the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States using Census and the American Community Survey data.

Principal Investigator
Sööt, Siim
Research Area(s)
Data Development
Policy Analysis
Funding Source
Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)


As expected, the preliminary data shows a positive relationship with high home ownership and high unemployment rates but there is a negative relationship between roadway miles and foreclosures. This suggests the addition of roadway investment is not detrimental to home ownership. Further research is anticipated in order to better understand these relationships.  As a part of the Center’s research into the causes and effects of urban sprawl, it has examined the relationship of highways, home ownership, obesity, and pedestrian safety. The project looks at the relationship of transportation and the current housing crisis. Download "The Relationship of Transportation and the Housing Crisis" report.