Understanding Gentrification and Displacement: The Path to Equitable Development

Wednesday, 05/15/2019
12:00 PM EST - 1:30 PM EST

Event Info


  • Paulina Lopez, Executive Director & Robin Schwartz, Communications Manager, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG
  • Chris Schildt, Senior Associate, PolicyLink
  • Tony DeFalco, Executive Director, Verde


The first in a series hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network, this webinar aims to frame the topics of gentrification and displacement as well as provide 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) will kick things off by sharing why this is an issue of concern that they are paying increasing attention to as a river-focused organization.  Chris Schildt from PolicyLink will then address the following questions:

  • What are the drivers behind displacement?
  • What do gentrification and displacement look like? How are they different? How are they related?
  • Are gentrification and displacement of people always the outcome of significant development in disinvested neighborhoods?
  • What are some policies and/or practices that can be enabled to ease displacement pressures?

Exploring these topics further, Tony Defalco from Verde will share 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.

This webinar is part of a series hosted by the Urban Waters Learning Network. This year, we are digging deeper into a topic that has long been a concern of our 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 will be addressing this topic in the coming months through this webinar series, blog posts, Impact Stories, and other resources.

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