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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]