Drs. Kristin Mann, Stacy Moak and Laura Amrheim are teaching a cross-disciplinary course on neighborhood studies at UALR, which is focused on the Promise Neighborhood in Little Rock.
Like many urban centers, the neighborhood has seen a steady decline in property values over the decades, along with a corresponding increase in crime rates. A federal grant is helping, but it may take a while to undo long-held perceptions of the neighborhood as a threat.
Students are required to research a community problem, its history and evolution, and identify a possible solution. In the first unit of the course, the students used Instagram to document, study, and discuss what they saw, using the hashtag #NeighborhoodStudies
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