Essential Knowledge: Gentrification and Anti-Displacement
In 2019, River Network and the Urban Waters Learning Network (UWLN) dug deeper into a topic that has long been a concern of UWLN members: the gentrification and displacement of people that we see taking place in our urban communities, oftentimes following efforts to revitalize and reinvest in the places we call home.
We are addressing these topics by surveying our network members and producing blog posts, webinars, impact stories, and other resources. Check out the webinar series and additional resources below.
Understanding Gentrification and Displacement – The Path to Equitable Development
This recorded webinar frames the topics of gentrification and displacement and provides an example of the types of multi-sector partnerships that urban waters practitioners can create to ease displacement pressures. Presenters Paulina Lopez and Robin Schwartz from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG (Seattle, WA) share why this is an issue of concern and is one they are paying increasing attention to as a river-focused organization. Chris Schildt from PolicyLink addresses the drivers behind displacement, how gentrification and displacement are related and different, and policies and/or practices that can be enabled to ease displacement pressures. Exploring these topics further, Tony Defalco from Verde shares information about a multi-sector partnership called Living Cully. In the Cully neighborhood of Portland, Living Cully partners strive to balance environmental investments, equitable development, and anti-displacement goals.
- Living Cully Documents & Case Studies
- Our Homes, Our Future report by PolicyLink
- Information and fact sheets about renters by PolicyLink
- Not in Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood by Portland State University
- Greening Without Gentrification by the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability and the University of Utah
- “On the Path to Equitable Development: Partnerships Are Key to Combating Gentrification and Displacement” by Renee Mazurek
Monitoring Neighborhood Change – Using Data to Track and Prevent Displacement
In this recorded webinar, the second in our Urban Waters Learning Network series on gentrification and displacement, we explore different ways data is being used by communities and decision-makers to understand displacement vulnerabilities, inform infrastructure investments and policies, predict areas at risk of gentrification and displacement, and assess equitable development plans.
- Guide to Measuring Neighborhood Change to Understand and Prevent Displacement by the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
- 11th Street Bridge Park – Equitable Development Plan by the 11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Task Force
- Equitable Development and Urban Park Space by the Urban Institute
Anti-Displacement Strategies: Environmental Restoration… Meet Affordable Housing
Building on the first 2 webinars in our series on gentrification and displacement that (1) defined the issues and (2) showed how to use data to track them, this webinar focuses on the most effective strategy to preventing displacement: protecting and expanding affordable housing.
- What About Housing: A Policy Toolkit for Inclusive Growth by Grounded Solutions Network
- Community Land Trusts and Community Development: Partners Against Displacement by Local Initiatives Support Coalition
- Pathway to Parks & Affordable Housing Joint Development by LA THRIVES and Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing Coalition