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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

Mixed-Income Matters! A 7-Part Recipe for Middle-Income Homeownership in Boston

There is a lot of discussion today in Boston’s neighborhoods about middle-income housing, in particular homeownership opportunities.  Sometimes referred to as workforce housing, the concept is to provide affordable homes for families and individuals being priced out by rising rents and home prices in Boston and who are not currently eligible for housing subsidies.  Losing […]

By |January 23rd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Mixed-Income Matters! A 7-Part Recipe for Middle-Income Homeownership in Boston

Art Matters: The Roles of Arts and Artists in Redeveloping Roxbury – Gentrifiers or Community Developers?

Posted by David Price /  May 30, 2013

On May 18 of this year, over 1,000 people travelled to an abandoned industrial site in Roxbury’s Dudley Square on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to attend a day-long mural festival sponsored by BartlettEvents.org.   The event was part of Nuestra Comunidad’s strategy to redevelop an 8 acre vacant bus yard […]

By |May 30th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Art Matters: The Roles of Arts and Artists in Redeveloping Roxbury – Gentrifiers or Community Developers?