An integrated analysis of housing and transit affordability in the Chicago metropolitan area

Dong Liu, Mei Po Kwan, Zihan Kan, Yimeng Song

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Abstract

An integrated analysis of housing and transport affordability provides comprehensive insights into the affordability of different locations in a city. By focusing on transit-based workers, who constitute a significant portion of commuters but are understudied in the affordability literature, this study proposes a new, integrated method for estimating housing and transit (H + T) affordability in the Chicago Metropolitan Area using census data and data from the Google Maps Directions API. Methodologically, the study contributes to the literature by proposing and implementing a new method that estimates H + T affordability in an integrated manner based on census data and data from the Google Maps Directions API across three types of housing occupants (i.e., owners with/without a mortgage and renters). Empirically, the results indicate varying H + T affordability distribution patterns among different types of housing occupants and provide a comprehensive picture of housing and transport affordability in the study area without incurring prohibitive time and cost of data collection. The study indicates that policy-makers should consider expanding the existing concessionary fare scheme to include low-income residents and establishing affordable housing programmes that subsidise not only mortgage/rent but also miscellaneous costs related to housing (such as utilities) in order to improve the overall H + T affordability for different types of housing occupants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-126
Number of pages17
JournalGeographical Journal
Volume187
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • census data
  • Chicago
  • Google Maps Directions API
  • housing affordability
  • transit affordability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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