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2. McNair Ctr data on indicators of innovation & entrepreneurship in these areas such as clinical trials, patents, NIH, SBIR, VC investment, location of startup firms, etc.
Specific comparisons might be illustrative. For example, in Atlanta, what What are the differences historically and currently about the neighborhoods near Emory and Georgia Tech versus those near Spelman and Morehouse?  Georgia Tech is public university that helped develop Technology Square, an innovation district. (Wikipedia article: Technology Square was financed by the Georgia Tech Foundation, a private, 501c3 ( which supports my hypothesis above that this type of development is easier to do with private instead of public money. Neighborhood near Morehouse and Spelman, known as Atlanta University Center (AUC), has had high crime rate and may be gentrifying (see references below). AUC is also home to Clark-Atlanta University, which is also an HBCU. Emory is in Druid Hills, which has a median household income of $238K per this website ==Chicago== Chicago has an extensive history of housing discrimination through reeling and blockbusting. However, it doesn't immediately appear that it would be a good example for the argument that innovation districts take hold areas were there has been housing discrimination because 1871 is located in Merchandise Mart, a commercial building that once had its own zip code & doesn't appear to have undergone a period of decline.
Story on Rice Management Co.'s development of Rice Village as high-end retail:
Neighborhood near Morehouse is "gentrifying"
2009 article about AUC being high crime
2014 article describing areas around Emory & Agnes Scott as residential
2016 article about Spelman's role in revitalization of Atlanta's westside

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