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Gentrification Can’t Be the Theme of Rust Belt City Recovery

Gentrification is a frightening prospect in many urban neighborhoods. When people begin to see a community as safer and more livable, new investment inevitably arrives. This can make the community even more attractive to outside investors. Existing residents can be pushed out by unaffordable housing prices and skyrocketing rents once a neighborhood is deemed desirable by the market.

As community developers undertake projects to improve quality of life for neighborhood residents, they must worry about the prospect of being victims of their own success and rendering the area more attractive to outside investment and the forces of displacement.  Next City took a look at the struggle for redevelopment without displacement in Buffalo, a city that has suffered from disinvestment and population decline over the past several decades.

The article touches on the history of urban displacement, particularly of populations of color, and explains the difficulties inherent in measuring it. The majority of the article, however, focuses on the efforts of PUSH Buffalo, a LISC partner. PUSH Buffalo is using a mix of strategies – including affordable housing development, green energy strategies, job training and advocacy – to revitalize in its West Side neighborhood without displacing longtime residents as new residents move in.

Read about it in Gentrification Can’t Be the Theme of Rust Belt City Recovery.

Posted in Housing Development and Preservation

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