How is Displacement and Gentrification affecting our cities?
Many cities in the United States are experiencing economic, cultural and demographic changes. These changes can be a result of the gentrification of historically low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, and the displacement of those residents to other parts of the cities or suburbs with limited access to city services. For some residents, this change can translate into new opportunities. All too often, though, these changes can lead to the displacement for communities of color from long-time urban neighborhoods to the peripheries of the city or even suburban areas. These complex issues have both economic and historical underpinnings, and implications for neighborhood character, access for residents to essential services, including transportation, and changes to the nature of a city.The Texas Innovation Alliance and SmartCities Lab have organized a two-part deep-dive series that will begin by providing an overview of the underlying issues that give rise to gentrification and displacement. Part 1 will be framed by leading researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). These experts will present findings from their recent studies (linked above) that highlight the complexity and relationships between income, education, jobs, the housing market, jobs, and other driving forces. Part 2 of the deep dive will be next month where we feature case studies about of how cities have worked to address these issues, including the successes and challenges of transit-oriented development, housing policies, and economic initiatives. Overall, the combination of problem identification and context-sensitive solutions will provide a framework for how to address the multiple dimensions of displacement and gentrification.