Tag Archives: Gentrification

Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion

Main Street in Montrose, Colorado (Credit: stiltwalker.com)
Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of a community to enjoy health, social and economic benefits in a variety of forms. How do we create neighborhoods where change and new development can happen along with the protection and promotion of a community’s identity and culture? Join America Walks on this webinar to learn about their recent work on the issues of gentrification and displacement and hear from three people working... Read more

‘We Failed’ To Design Park That Benefited Neighbors, High Line Creator Says

A view of the Chelsea Grasslands on the High Line (Tim Schenck)
The creators of the High Line “failed” to design a park that benefited the neighborhood around it, one of its co-founders said. Instead of asking what the design should look like, the co-founder said he wish he’d asked, “What can we do for you?” Since the park opened in 2009, it has attracted millions of visitors and garnered widespread praise, but it’s also been accused of putting gentrification into “hyperdrive” and “destroying” the neighborhoods it traverses. Read more... Read more

Pittsburgh Ready to Launch City’s First Community Land Trust

Home prices in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville, above, have tripled over the last 15 years (Source: Next City)
After decades of moribund stasis, Pittsburgh’s real estate market has roared back. A city task force estimated that Pittsburgh lacks more than 17,000 rental units for families earning half the median income for the area. There’s ample political will to create a housing trust fund (though uncertainty over how to fund it has delayed the project), and advocates have pushed for inclusionary zoning. None of this urgency could have been predicted even a decade ago. Read more... Read more

If You Build It, Will They Have to Leave?

Light rail station at Othello Park in Seattle (Credit: Karen Ducey / Business Journal)
A team of researchers at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs has created an interactive mapping tool to help community leaders better understand the effects of new light-rail and subway projects and related developments — especially on low-income communities. Researchers view the project as a resource to help communities and policymakers identify the pressures associated with development and figure out how to take more effective action to ensure that new construction isn’t always accompanied by current residents being priced... Read more
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