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Tag Archives: Gentrification

January 19, 2017
Big Miami Projects Strike A Nerve
Miami Herald

Miami’s mayor said he will block a controversial seven-acre development on the city’s Upper East Side, punctuating a day of angst about over-development and gentrification in Miami’s northeast neighborhoods.

January 18, 2017
January 16, 2017
The Radical Model Fighting the Housing Crisis
The Guardian

Community land trusts battle gentrification by linking house prices to local wages rather than the market rate. But can this growing movement for ‘permanently affordable’ homes really ease Britain’s housing crisis?

January 8, 2017
Miami’s Little Haiti Will Gentrify Fastest in 2017
Miami New Times

Today the real-estate tracking website Zillow released its study “Hottest Housing Markets for 2017” — and as part of the data, Zillow broke down the five housing markets in the Miami-Dade metro area expected to gain the most value in 2017. Little Haiti topped the list.

January 5, 2017
January 4, 2017
Brownstone Brooklyn and the Challenges of Urban Change
City Observatory

In the middle of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn—a book published in 2011, but no less relevant today—Suleiman Osman turns the tables on the people who have long been the heroes of urbanist lore.

January 2, 2017
December 21, 2016
Philly’s Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappearing
Plan Philly

Analyzing Census data between 2000 and 2014, Fed researchers find that Philadelphia lost a fifth (23,628) of its housing units that rent for $750 or less. That’s the rent range that’s “affordable” to the city’s average renter, by the authors’ estimation.

December 13, 2016
December 12, 2016
December 11, 2016
Can a Food Hall Transform a Food Desert?
Civil Eats

Birmingham, Alabama is the latest city to add an upscale food hall to its downtown area. Will it bring good food to more people, or better food to a few?

December 8, 2016
December 6, 2016
Climate Change Displacement: The New Gentrification
Architects' Newspaper

Local and federal agencies are working with architects and planners to protect communities and redevelop neighborhoods in the aftermath of climate-related disasters. But what happens to residents who are too poor to get out of the way of storms—and too poor to return?

December 5, 2016
What Was Oakland’s Ghost Ship?

As far as Oakland city officials were concerned, the two-story structure was a warehouse in disrepair. But to the artists who lived and worked there, the “Ghost Ship” was a rare haven in the Bay Area’s gentrifying landscape of skyrocketing rents and disappearing artist spaces.

December 4, 2016
Supposed ‘Rebirth’ of Watts Prompts Gentrification Fears
Los Angeles Times

At a ceremonial groundbreaking three months ago in Watts, elected officials, housing authority bureaucrats and residents all took turns swinging sledgehammers at a 1950s cinder-block structure to mark the demolition of Jordan Downs. But after the photo-op, plenty of residents felt wary.

November 28, 2016
Brownstones and the Invention of Gentrification
City Notes

I just picked up The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, an American urban history classic. It explores how and why Brooklyn transitioned from a prime candidate for slum clearance to the treasured capital of the country’s “new middle class”. Here are some notes.

November 21, 2016
Gentrification’s Image Problem
Architecture Daily

The idea of revitalizing a public space by bringing improvement that brings people together should not generate suspicion or fear. However, specific examples of places that have seen the cost of living greatly increase after their revitalization have been creating paradoxes.

November 20, 2016
Study: Swaths of Indianapolis in Decline
Indianapolis Business Journal

Fall Creek Place north of downtown is a shining example of a neighborhood where new investment rescued it from decades of decay.

November 17, 2016
November 16, 2016
Can Montreal Fight Gentrification By Banning Restaurants?
The Guardian

A controversial law limiting new restaurant openings in Montreal’s Saint-Henri area has pitted business owners against those who believe they are fighting for the very survival of Canada’s ‘culture capital’. Who is right?

November 13, 2016
Will Measure M Lead to Gentrification Across L.A.?
Los Angeles Times

Last week, when voters overwhelmingly approved Measure M, they embraced a new vision for the region that greatly expands public transit, with new rail lines and busways crisscrossing the county.


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