People at Great Cities Institute (GCI)Rachel Weber
Associate Director, Research and Program Development
Phone: (312) 355-0307
Rachel Weber is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches courses and conducts research in the fields of economic development and real estate finance. She is also the Associate Director for Research and Program Development at UIC's Great Cities Institute. Much of her recent work has focused on the design and effectiveness of property-tax based incentives for urban development; recent publications on this topic have appeared in Urban Affairs Review, The Journal of the American Planning Association, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Housing Policy Debate, and Urban Studies. In addition to her academic research agenda, Dr. Weber has served as a consultant to local governments and community-based organizations on issues related to public incentives and neighborhood revitalization and has been a PI on several research and technical assistance grants in this area. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her master's degree and doctorate in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Rachel's current research projects:
- A book on obsolescence in the built environment, which documents how the routine practices of public and private professionals create incentives for periodic overbuilding and hasten the pace at which older buildings are vacated and demolished.
- The Oxford University Press Handbook on Urban Planning, a compilation of 40-plus essays reflecting the state of the field, which she is co-editing with Randy Crane, UCLA.
- A history of TIF in the United States, which examines the efforts of consulting planners during the late Urban Renewal period to sustain the urban growth machine.
- An examination of the capital structure of recent asset lease and privatization deals with Phil Ashton and Marc Doussard, UIC.
- A study of how the virtual secondary market for used commodities facilitated by eBay has impacted bricks-and-mortar thrift and resale stores with Brenda Parker, UIC.