Subject: Gentrification

  • A Community Benefits Proposal Is Ignored. Is Displacement Far Behind?

                           If you’re up-to-date on your gentrification news, you may have heard that residents of four historically African-American neighborhoods in Atlanta are in the midst of an occupation of Turner…

  • Why Can’t Harlem Stop Gentrification?

    In his May New York Times editorial, "The End of Black Harlem," Michael Henry Adams portrays the historic African-American community as moving inevitably toward gentrification. He cites the familiar signposts—a Whole Foods market, “stroller pushing young families,” and “new landscaping…

  • Stop Talking About Displacement

    We’ve all heard the tale: long neglected places, usually in major cities, usually communities of color, are “discovered” in Christopher Columbus-like fashion and begin changing in ways that cause long-time residents to be physically displaced, or at the very least…

  • Gentrification and the “Slums of Beverly Hills”

    In 1998, when Slums of Beverly Hills was released, I lived in West Los Angeles, relatively near (in LA terms, at least) Beverly Hills. I never saw the movie but I read about it and vaguely wanted to see it.…

  • Gentrification Is More Widespread Than We Think

    In Miriam Axel-Lute’s recent post here, “Place Matters But Place Changes,” she references “a study done by Governing magazine that found a 20 percent gentrification rate for census tracts in the past decade in the largest 50 cities in the…

  • Place Matters, But Place Changes

    "Place matters, but place changes," Univ. of Southern Calif. professor Manuel Pastor observed at the opening plenary at PolicyLink’s 5th Equity Summit, held this week in Los Angeles. This can be seen as both a warning and a hope—and it…

  • Conflict and Placemaking in Humboldt Park: La Crucifixion

    In my prior post on Paseo Boricua, I referred to an old mural in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood that local activist Eduardo Arocho helped to save via a ten-year fight. A bit more about this mural: The mural, first painted…

  • Conflict and Placemaking in Humboldt Park: Paseo Boricua

    There is an exceptional amount of public art on Paseo Boricua, a four-block stretch of Division Street bisecting Humboldt Park, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. In July, I spent about an hour on Paseo Boricua with Eduardo…

  • The Gentrification Vaccine

    Can a neighborhood be immune to gentrification? If so, can local governments and community organizations work together to build up that kind of immunity over time? We'll soon find out as a 40-year experiment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood is…

  • Can Calling Attention to Gentrification Make Things Worse?

    In early march, when Austin was enduring the annual South-by-Southwest festival, Facebook user Briana Smith stunned the world by announcing that the city of Austin was putting up signs designating local businesses as “exclusively for white people." She posted a…

  • Community Development and Hot Markets

    At the People and Places Conference earlier this month, we organized a mini-track around “Community Control and Hot Markets.” On the kick-off panel, Malcolm Yeung from Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco cited a mind-blowing number–SRO residential hotel units…

  • 7 Policies That Could Prevent Gentrification

    This post is an excerpt of "Home Matters! - Seven Policies That Could Prevent Roxbury's Gentrification" from Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation. Read the post in its entirety here. --- To date, no one in Boston has advanced a comprehensive strategy…

  • Is Gentrification Different When It’s Not in a Booming Metro?

    Interesting research that adds a wrinkle to the gentrification conversation: Todd Swanstrom writes about "rebound" neighborhoods in St. Louis and how they don't follow the typical "gentrification" pattern. Does this mean it can't happen? No, but it's a good reminder…

  • Who Is a Gentrifier, and What Should They Do?

    As people with choices move back into (some) urban areas that were abandoned/systematically disinvested from decades ago, gentrification is an increasingly common topic of debate. (Enough that those working in struggling metros that are not so worried about it get…

  • NPR: “Gentrification May Be a Boon To Longtime Residents”

    Displaced residents? What's that? That's the tone coming from and NPR story detailing new(ish) studies about the effects of gentrification. Further, the studies say that gentrification could actually be a good thing for low-income residents. When we asked readers to…

  • Finally! A Concrete Proposal to Address Gentrification-Driven Displacement

    I, and others, have sometimes felt that the fair housing community can be too focused on opening up the suburbs, overlooking the return of city neighborhoods as neighborhoods of opportunity and the questions of gentrification and displacement. But apparently, when…

  • ‘Gentrification’ is a Linguistic Weapon Hurting Us All

    As the challenges of community development have evolved and become more complex especially over the last decade, the language used to frame and define those challenges has failed to change in step, becoming ever more stilted, hollow, and dysfunctional. Of…

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    Portland Gets Proactive on Gentrification

    We've been talking about gentrification and displacement a bunch here on Rooflines recently. One of the perennial problems in dealing with displacement has always been knowing when to start. Our report by Alan Mallach, Managing Neighborhood Change, laid out some of…

  • What is Gentrification, Anyway?

    Say the word "gentrification" in a room of community development practicioners and you're likely to get a cacophony of responses. Allan Mallach sparked a debate over the word on Rooflines in a piece in which he offered an alternative to…

  • It’s Not Either/Or: Neighborhood Improvement Can Prevent Gentrification

    Alan Mallach’s blog post, "Hung Up on Gentrification? Don’t Be" seems to have struck a familiar nerve. Certainly, gentrification is one of the most vexing issues facing community development practitioners. Even where gentrification is only a distant threat (or hope,…

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