Focus on the impacts on transportation of displacement and gentrification and the solutions being considered or implemented in other cities or regions.
Why Displacement & Gentrification? 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 Smart Cities Lab have organized a two-part deep-dive series to explore these issues. The first session helped define the issues of displacement and gentrification. Leading researchers in the field helped to explain how these changes are measured, as well as present findings from their recent research that highlights the complexity and relationships between income, education, jobs, the housing market, jobs, and other driving forces. The second session, taking place on July 25th, will focus on its impacts on transportation and solutions being considered or implemented by your colleagues in other cities or regions.