City Planning & Urban Affairs Interim Director Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz Receives Initiative on Cities Grant

Assistant Professor Yeşim Sungu-Eryilmaz, director ad interim of MET’s City Planning & Urban Affairs programs, has been awarded a grant by BU’s Initiative on Cities dedicated to investigating the relative community impact of private sector real estate development projects in the city. As part of the grant, Sungu-Eryilmaz, whose research focuses on sustainability, will investigate whether low-income and minority neighborhoods receive the community benefits promised by the value-capture instruments that accompany recent real estate developments. The study will also shed light on whether these benefits flow spatially from location to location, as well as whether the city’s Imagine Boston 2030 initiative complements and accentuates these benefits.

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