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The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.

Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Call For Papers: Blight

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research invites submissions for a symposium in a future issue of Cityscape that will feature articles that will address issues of blight. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The definition, concept of, and sources of blight
  • Methods for the identification of blight
  • Spatial analysis of patterns of blight
  • Differences between urban, suburban, and rural blight
  • Economic and social impact of blight
  • Analysis of HUD Aggregated USPS Administrative Data on Address Vacancies to estimate blight
  • Coordination of blight removal efforts between federal (including multiple federal agencies), state, and local partners
  • Identification of blight for demolition and revitalization
  • Tax incentives and penalties regarding blight
  • Blight and analysis of housing codes and land use policies
  • The measurement of blight and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program

We encourage authors to submit articles within classical economic, geographic, sociological, and urban planning frameworks or within interdisciplinary frameworks. Submissions may be theoretical or empirical but must be original works. We strongly encourage articles that address the measurement of blight and policy implications.

Please electronically submit an abstract describing your proposed paper to Alex Din (Alexander.M.Din@hud.gov) by November 15, 2021. Authors of approved abstracts will be notified by December 15, 2021 and invited to submit full manuscripts by March 15, 2022. Authors will be responsible for addressing issues raised by the editors and/or reviewers by the designated deadline. Please direct questions or requests for additional information to Alex Din using the email address found above.

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research publishes Cityscape, a scholarly journal, three times a year. Please see https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscape.html for more information and past issues.