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Home Matters! – Nuestra Comunidad delivers for Roxbury: 35 years and counting

Posted by David Price January 2016

If you weren’t living in Boston back in 1981, it would be hard to imagine what it was like to live in Roxbury.  The 1970s was a decade of tremendous disinvestment along Dudley Street and down Blue Hill Avenue.  Absentee landlords engaged in rampant arson as a way to cash-out […]

By |January 27th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Home Matters! – Nuestra Comunidad delivers for Roxbury: 35 years and counting

BRT: Creating a Transit Oasis

I spoke this summer with a 20-something woman who works in the Jackson Square area of Roxbury and lives in Mattapan Square, about 4.5 miles away. It takes her over an hour to get to work each morning using the MBTA bus. She uses the 28 and 22 bus routes which run along Blue Hill […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on BRT: Creating a Transit Oasis

Who Gets to Name a Neighborhood?

In the battle around gentrification in big city neighborhoods, one of the front lines is the naming of neighborhoods. Even in neighborhoods with established identities, name changes can occur as part of gentrification. Sometimes this happens block by block over many years of signage wars. Or it can begin and take root suddenly with a […]

By |June 25th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Who Gets to Name a Neighborhood?

Codman Square Study Id’s Gentrification Benchmarks, Validates Hartley Study

A new in-depth study of Boston’s Codman Square community proposes a set of data benchmarks which might indicate susceptibility to displacement from gentrification. The study is innovative based on its in-depth look at housing and population data and its proposition that nine specific indicators could foretell susceptibility to gentrification. The study analyzes seven census tracts […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Codman Square Study Id’s Gentrification Benchmarks, Validates Hartley Study

Boston’s New Community Economic Development Tool: Schools

A coming wave of school construction and renovation presents Boston with a new opportunity to create equitable development in our neighborhoods.  The idea of building new schools may seem a bit foreign to Bostonians.  Since 1960 the city’s population has steadily declined, resulting in school closings.  Starting in 2000, Boston’s population began rising, and now […]

By |November 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Boston’s New Community Economic Development Tool: Schools

Boston’s Anti-Gentrification Movement Gains Momentum in 2014

The year 2014 marked a significant growth in mass understanding of the threat posed by gentrification, placing long-time residents of Boston’s urban neighborhoods at risk.   Key developments were the growth of mass actions targeting corporate interests promoting gentrification and displacement; awareness and education campaigns reaching large numbers of activists; the adoption of anti-gentrification goals and […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Boston’s Anti-Gentrification Movement Gains Momentum in 2014

What Causes Gentrification? Three Theories

With gentrification a growing threat to American urban neighborhoods such as Roxbury in Boston, there is a growing discussion of the root causes of gentrification.  This is a good thing, as we cannot build a successful anti-displacement movement without aiming at the real causes.  Recent commentary centers around three theories, discussed below. A case study […]

By |July 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on What Causes Gentrification? Three Theories

Study Identifies Three Roxbury Neighborhoods At-Risk for Gentrification

Three neighborhoods within Boston’s Roxbury community are at-risk for gentrification, according to a study by economist Daniel Hartley, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  Hartley’s article has gained national attention in recent months for its analysis of neighborhoods in the 55 largest U.S. cities at-risk for displacement of residents through gentrification.  Using data […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Study Identifies Three Roxbury Neighborhoods At-Risk for Gentrification

Seven Policies That Could Prevent Roxbury’s Gentrification

Roxbury is ground zero for the gentrification debate in Boston, and perhaps nationally.  It’s on everyone’s mind.  Recently our community newspaper published a well-researched piece exploring the luxury housing boom and its impact on Roxbury, a working class majority-minority community of 48,500 experiencing significant new investment in our Dudley Square neighborhood business district.

To date, no […]

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Seven Policies That Could Prevent Roxbury’s Gentrification

Four Reasons Why I’m Against the Boston Tenant Coalition’s Anti-Middle Income Housing Petition

This month I received an online request from the Boston Tenant Coalition to sign a “Petition to Direct Inclusionary Development Funds and City Land to Meet Boston’s Housing Needs.”  The petition’s language asks the City of Boston to devote all new affordable housing resources (below-market housing units, cash payments, proceeds from the sale of city-owned […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Four Reasons Why I’m Against the Boston Tenant Coalition’s Anti-Middle Income Housing Petition