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Tyler Augst, MS

Posted by msanderson | March 1, 2021

Past Fellow

Tyler Augst, MS
Research Fellow
Michigan State University
Phone: (269) 436-0520

Tyler Augst is a Government & Community Vitality Educator for Southwest Michigan with Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant focusing on land use, zoning, planning, and community development. Prior to MSU Extension Tyler spent time working on increasing civic and democratic participation in a variety of K-12, post-secondary settings, including a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District and working with 4-H. Tyler holds B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Sociology from Michigan State University and a M.S. degree in Rural Sociology from Pennsylvania State University.

Augst worked in partnership with Craig Carpenter (MSU) and David Ivan (MSU).

Augst's Fellowship Work

Project Page: Best Practices in Suburban Housing Affordability

Suburban communities across the United States have different housing strengths and weaknesses; however, they have all experienced a steady rise in median housing prices. Lower housing affordability has a host of negative consequences including increased homelessness, poor health outcomes, unaddressed racial housing inequality, and lower disposable incomes. Although research and resources often focus on urban and rural areas, an increasing number of suburban areas face housing affordability pressure from rapidly expanding major urban cores. Similar housing pressures face regional metropolitan areas (anchored by smaller cities such as Boise, ID and Spokane, WA), which serve as economic, cultural, social, or health-care hubs for surrounding rural communities.