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Professor EmeritusDavid_Bartelt
308 Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks Street


Housing policy, homeownership financing, neighborhood development, urban evolution, regional and community indicators


I retired from the faculty in 2012, but have remained active in pursuing my major research goals. My major research focuses on barriers to accessing quality housing created by income differentials, the persistence of race-based community concentration, and the uneven aging of the region’s housing ventures. He has been a co-principal on the Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project (MPIP), with responsibilities for the areas of regional change at the community level, housing, employment, transportation, and the environment. He is a representative to the National Neighborhoods Indicator Partnership, headquartered at the Urban Institute.

Dr. Bartelt has published works in housing, redlining, the development of American cities, and in local economic development. He is a co-author of Philadelphia: Neighborhood, Division and Conflict in a Postindustrial City, as well as an extension of that analysis, Restructuring the Philadelphia Region. He is currently finishing the final report on the spatial etiology of homelessness in Philadelphia. Since his retirement, he has been expanding the focus of his work on the racial construction of housing risk from the Depression to the present, incorporating the changing structure of the banking industry and the growth of speculative mortgage lending.

Selected Publications

  •  “Foreclosure Risk and the Philadelphia Region: The Continuing Saga”. Policy Brief, Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project, available on-line at
  • “The Legacy of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation” (with Kristen Crossney), Housing Policy Debate, 16 (3/4), pp. 547-573, 2006.
  • “Residential Security, Risk, and Race: The Home Owners’ Loan Corporation and Mortgage Access in Two Cities” (with Kristen Crossney), Urban Geography, 26 (8), pp. 707-736, 2005.