Today, EdChoice published “Renewing our Cities: A Case Study on School Choice’s Role in Urban Renewal” by Bartley R. Danielsen, David M. Harrison, Jing Zhao.  According to the authors,

Urban economic development resources are often focused on bringing jobs and affordable housing to downtown areas. In contrast, there has been very little consideration given to how public charter schools and private school choice programs might act as economic development catalysts. This study examines relocation decisions made by families whose children are enrolled in a successful arts-intensive urban public charter school in the formerly blighted downtown area of Santa Ana, California.

Danielsen is a professor at N.C. State and has published peer-reviewed studies of school choice in North Carolina, California, and elsewhere.