We have collected demographic information about your Union City, NJ; reviewed existing academic literature on the city; done our own participant-observation; and analyzed local media sources. You will take all of the information youve gathered from these various types of methods, and do some synthesis. What has your research team learned about this space/topic/place/urban phenomenon? To turn this into your final paper, you must add two more components:
1. See how what you learned fits with academic insights into the topic. You must use 5 academic sources (academic journals or books let me know if you need help finding, identifying these). These do NOT have to be about your city and can be about a topic (e.g. you can include the class readings from the semester). Use these sources to see if what you found in your observations and other data collection expeditions is supported by what other urban researchers have found.
2. Tie your research question and answers into an urban theory we used during the semester. (e.g. urban ecology, neighborhood crime, political economy or gentrification). What you want to use the theory for is to answer the question: how can I explain what I found when looking into this question/topic/space?
3. THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS 4 PAGE RESEARCH IS ABOUT SAFETY/SECURITY AND HOW IT HAS CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, IN UNION CITY NEW JERSEY.
For the 1 page presentation portion, please describe what you found out about Union City. What was interesting? Make at least one connection with an urban theory.