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Archive: 2017

Proposed Changes to the Mortgage Interest Deduction: Some Simple Facts
Posted November 28, 2017
By Ira Goldstein, Michael Norton

The discourse around proposed changes to the federal tax system, especially between talk show pundits and economists and politicians—each with their own allegiances—is devoid of some simple, transparent facts. A first step toward public understanding of who benefits and who loses from proposed changes to the Mortgage Interest Deduction is to examine current data on home mortgages.

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Food for Thought: Changing Supermarket Access in Your Cities
Posted May 13, 2017
By Jacob Rosch

Since 2014, Reinvestment Fund has been working with cities and organizations around the country to accelerate the creation of new healthy food options in underserved communities. This partnership, called ReFresh (, has led to the creation of new data tools and market reports designed to help communities target healthy food investments. The most popular of these is the Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) analysis, which identifies areas with inequitable and inadequate access to food retail. Related to the LSA is our leakage analysis which estimates the financial capacity of an area and its residents to support a new or expanded supermarket.

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Mortgage Originations in Your City
Posted March 25, 2017
By Jacob Rosch

Mortgage application data, released under reporting requirements in the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), are a fascinating source of information for cities and communities. These data help us understand where residents are applying for mortgages to purchase new homes or refinance their existing home.

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Museums and Libraries as Catalytic Nodes of Strength
Posted February 21, 2017
By Emily Dowdall
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Using the Market Value Analysis to Map Recommended Housing Policies
Posted January 30, 2017
By Alexandre Vialou

Policymakers often struggle with the fact that policy options are seldom visualized on a map. Indeed policy decisions depend upon a multitude of variables that are rarely tied to geographical boundaries. Yet, it is often at the geographic level that policymakers want to see an impact. Thanks to the Market Value Analysis (MVA), it is possible to identify the housing market intervention policies that will be the most effective based on geographic characteristics.

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