Gentrification Learning Community Resources

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During the course of their investigation, the members of the Gentrification Learning Community studied a wide variety reference materials.  We hope these readings, webinars, films, and other materials will be useful to others wishing to learn more on the subject. 


General Resources: Articles & Publications

Actions & Case Studies

Local Resources

Other Media Resources: Radio, Webinars & Film


General Resources: Articles & Publications

Bates, L. (2013). “Gentrification and Displacement Study: Implementing an equitable inclusive development strategy in the context of gentrification.” City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Bolton, Matt (7/7/2014). “Is Art to Blame for Gentrification?The Guardian, accessed July 2014

Buntin, John (1/14/2015). “The Myth of Gentrification.” Slate, accessed February 2015

Capps, Kriston (9/23/2014). “The Housing Bubble Also Left Our Neighborhoods More Segregated.” CityLab, accessed October 2014

Capps, Kriston (12/1/2015). “The Case Against ‘Ethical Landlording’” CityLab, accessed January 2016

Chapman, Jessica (8/26/2015). “Gentrification Without Losing the Neighborhood.” Sustainable City Network, accessed September 2015

Chapple, K. (2009). “Mapping Susceptibility to Gentrification: The Early Warning Toolkit.” University of California, Center for Community Innovation.

Cohen, Rick (10/7/2014). “Affordable Housing Advocacy: Is Anyone Minding the Store?Non Profit Quarterly (NPQ), accessed November 2015

Crawford, Amy (5/13/2014). “Does New Rapid Transit Always Have to Mean Rising Rents?” CityLab, accessed September 2014

Desmond, Matthew (2/8/2016). “Forced Out,” New Yorker, accessed March 2016

Desmond, Matthew (3/5/2016). “The Eviction Economy,” New York Times, accessed March 2016

Durning, Alan (7/17/2013). “Bring Back Flophouses, Rooming Houses, and Microapartments.” Slate, accessed February 2014

The Editorial Board (6/25/2015). “The Supreme Court Keeps the Fair Housing Law Effective.” New York Times, accessed July 2015

The Editorial Board (7/11/2015). “The End of Federally Financed Ghettos.” New York Times, accessed July 2015

The Editorial Board (9/15/2015). “How Segregation Destroys Black Wealth.” New York Times, accessed September 2015

Ellen, I.G. and K. O’Regan (2011). “How Low Income Neighborhoods Change: Entry, Exit, and Enhancement.” Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 89–97.

Florida, Richard (2014). “Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods.” CityLab, accessed January 2015

Florida, Richard (11/2/2015) “Study: The Closest Look Yet at Gentrification and Displacement.” CityLab, accessed November 2015

Florida, Richard (12/15/2014). “No One’s Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification.” CityLab, accessed January 2015.

Gibson, DW (2015). The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century. The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc.

Godsil, Rachel D. “Autonomy, Mobility, and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in Gentrifying Neighborhoods.” Poverty & Race 23:1 (January/February 2014). Washington, DC. Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Gopnick, Adam (10/5/2015). “Naked Cities: the life and death of urban America.” New Yorker, accessed October 2015

Gould Ellen, Ingrid, and Kathy O’Regan. “How Low Income Neighborhoods Change: Entry, Exit, and Enhancement.” NYU Wagner School and Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy. Draft June 8, 2010

Hartley, Daniel (2013). “Economic Trends: Gentrification and Financial Health.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Hauswald, Sasha (1/30/2015). “Top 3 Inclusionary Housing Trends of 2015.” Cornerstone Partnership, Cornerstone Blog, accessed May 2015

Jezer-Morton, Kathryn (8/17/2015). “Are You a Helicopter Parent? Blame Gentrification.” Next City, accessed September 2015

Johnson, Matthew (6/16/2015). “Stepping Up: How Cities are Working to Keep America’s Poorest Families Housed.” The Urban Institute, accessed June 2015

Jordan, Reed and Erika C. Poethig (10/20/2015). “How to Keep Affordable Housing in High-Opportunity Areas.” Urban Wire: Housing and Housing Finance, from the Urban Institute. Accessed December 2015

Journalist’s Resource (2014). “Gentrification, urban displacement and affordable housing: Overview and research roundup.” From the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative, accessed January 2015

Journalist’s Resource (9/11/2014). “How an incomplete housing recovery is bypassing communities and millions of homeowners: research brief.” From the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative, accessed January 2015

Kelly, Marjorie and Sarah McKinley (11/11/2015). “7 Paths that Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification.” Yes! Magazine, accessed January 2016

Kostelni, Natalie (10/29/2015) “Gentrification not Forcing Residents Out Like Once Thought.” Philadelphia Business Journal, Residential Real Estate. Accessed December 2015

Kotkin Joel (8/15/2014). “The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters.” Washington Post, accessed September 2014

Kotkin, Joel (8/1/2015). “What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities.” The Daily Beast, Blind Spots. Accessed August 2015

Lester, William T., and Daniel A. Hartley (2013). “The Long-Term Employment Impacts of

Gentrification in the 1990s.” Working Paper 13-07. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Mallach, A. (2008). “Managing Neighborhood Change: A Framework for Sustainable and Equitable Revitalization.” National Housing Institute

Misra, Tanvi (5/27/2015). “Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State.” CityLab, accessed June 2015

Mueller, Gavin (9/26/2014). “Liberalism and Gentrification.” Jacobin Magazine, accessed October 2014

NeighborWorks (2013). “Sustaining Affordable Housing in Appreciating Neighborhoods.” Philadelphia NeighborWorks Training Institute (August 2013)

Newman, Sandra J. and C. Scott Holupka (9/13/2015). “Is Timing Everything? Race, Homeownership, and Net Worth in the Tumultuous 2000s.” Real Estate Economics, Vol. 44, No. 2 pp. 307-354 (summer 2016). DOI: 10.1111/1540-6229.12118

Rotenstein, David S. (2/22/2015). “When a City Turns White, What Happens to Its Black History?” History News Network (HNN), accessed March 2015

Sacks, Jeffrey W. (1/29/2015). “Gentrification: Myth or Key Factor in Explaining Our Changing Cities.” Nixon Peabody, accessed February 2015

Semuela, Alana (7/5/2015). “Affordable Housing Always.” The Atlantic, accessed July 2015

Shelterforce (12/26/2014). “Rooflines: Gentrification Articles.” Rooflines Blog, Shelterforce Weekly. Accessed January 2015

Sheppard, Stephen. “Why is Gentrification a Problem?” Williams College, Center for Creative Community Development

Tach, Laura M (2014). “Diversity, Inequality, and Microsegregation: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in a Racially and Economically Diverse Community,” Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 16.3

Tobar, Hector (3/21/2015). “Viva Gentrification!New York Times, accessed April 2015

Valoy, Patricia (9/12/2014). “7 Reasons Why Gentrification Hurts Communities of Color.” Everyday Feminism, accessed September 2014

White, Gillian B. (11/23/2015) “How Zoning Laws Exacerbate Inequality.” The Atlantic, accessed January 2016

Wong, J. (2014) “How to Curb Gentrification.” In These Times and the Institute for Public Affairs

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Actions & Case Studies

Abello, Oscar Perry (8/17/2015). “Is a Community-Minded Business Model Doomed in Gentrifying San Francisco?” Next City, Equity Factor. Accessed September 2015

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (2013). A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Northeast. Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Asian American Institute in Chicago, Asian American Justice Center in DC, Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, and Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles) and the Asian American Federation

Badger, Emily (5/15/2014). “An Economic Defense of Old Buildings.” Washington Post, accessed July 2015

Bond-Graham, Darwin (3/25/2015). “A Parcel for the People?.East Bay Express, accessed April 2015

Capps, Kriston (5/11/2015). “Why Billionaires Don’t Pay Property Taxes in New York.” CityLab, accessed May 2015

Causa Justa/Just Cause (2014). "Development without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area."

Chaney, Ayohenia and Tia Monique (12/2/2015). “Affordable Housing of Public Land.” East Bay Express, accessed January 2016

Cheney-Rice, Zak (10/22/2014). “These 7 Cities Expose Exactly What Gentrification is Doing to America.” Identities.Mic, accessed April 2015

Flynn, G. (2014) “Is East New York the Next Bushwick?” Gothamist, accessed September 2015

Freeman, L. and F. Braconi (2007). “Gentrification and Displacement in New York City in the 1990s.” Journal of the American Planning Association, vol. 70 no. 1, pp. 39-52

Gibson, DW (5/12/2015). “‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord.” New York Magazine, accessed May 2015

Gladney, Calvin (7/17/2015). “2 Strategies We Can Use Against Gentrification and Displacement.” Public Private Passion Blog, from Mosaic Urban Partners, accessed September 2015

Hwang, Jackelyn, and Robert J. Sampson (2014). “Divergent Pathways of Gentrification: Racial Inequality and the Social Order of Renewal in Chicago Neighborhoods.” American Sociological Review 79:726

LaVecchia, Olivia (9/4/2015). “These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers.” Yes! Magazine, accessed September 2015

Misra, Tanvi (9/3/2015). “Jersey City’s Innovative New Affordable Housing Plan Might Actually Work.” CityLab’s ‘CityFixer,’ accessed September 2015

Neiderhauser, Matthew (10/28/2015). “Inside São Paulo's Radical Fight for Affordable Housing.” CityLab, accessed December 2015

NYU Furman Center (1/13/2015). “Report: High-Opportunity Neighborhoods in NYC are Losing Affordable Housing.” The Stoop - Research & Policy, from the Furman Center at the NYU School of Law and the Wagner School of Public Service

O’Sullivan, Feargus (7/9/2015). “Berlin’s New Rent Control Laws are Already Working.” City Lab, accessed July 2015

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) (2014). “Beyond Gentrification, Toward Equitable Neighborhoods: An Equitable Development Policy Platform for Philadelphia.” PACDC

Rose, Kalima and Margarita Lin (2015). A Roadmap Towards Equity: Housing Solutions for Oakland, California. PolicyLink and the City of Oakland’s Department of Housing & Community Development

Rucki, Alexandra (4/6/2015). “Thousands set to attend Reclaim Brixton rally as campaigners protest against gentrification.” Evening Standard, London News, accessed April 2015

Ruiz, Dyan and Joseph Smooke (10/8/2014). “Developers Aren’t Going to Solve the Housing Crisis for San Francisco.” Truthout, accessed November 2014

Samuels, R. (2014). “Black, Asian residents unite to save a low-income building near Chinatown.” Washington Post

Uwimana, Solange (6/19/2015). “A Manhattan Landlord is Evicting an Entire Block of Latino Business Owners.” The Village Voice, accessed June 2015

Winston, Francisca, and Chris Walker (11/2012). “Predicting Gentrification in Houston’s Low- and Moderate-Income Neighborhoods.”

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Local Resources

12 Ideas for Making Boston More Inclusive” (12/3/2014). Boston Globe Magazine, accessed December 2015

Acitelli, Ton (3/8/2016). “Cambridge and Somerville Housing Prices: How They’ve Changed Since 2006.” Curbed Boston, accessed March 2016

Adams, Dan (4/29/2015). “‘Workforce’ Apartments Pitched for Boston.Boston Globe, accessed August 2015

Blumgart, Jake (11/3/2014). “The City Where Real Estate Developers and Housing Activists Agree to Agree.” Next City, accessed January 2015

Boroyan, Nate (3/25/2015). “These Maps Show How Boston’s Average Rent Increased Over 20 Years.” BostInno, accessed April 2015

Boston Redevelopment Authority (2014). “New Bostonians: 2013-2014.” Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City of Boston

Boston Redevelopment Authority Research Division (12/2014). “Neighborhood Profiles, City of Boston: 2010 Census and the 2007-2011 American Community Survey.” Accessed January 2015

The City of Somerville, Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (11/6/2013). “Inclusionary Zoning: Helping Somerville Maintain Diversity in the Face of Economic Growth.”

Herndon, Astead W. (10/4/2015). “Neighborhood Activists Unite to Protest Crisis in Housing.” Boston Globe, accessed October 2015

Johnston, Katie (9/7/2015). “City’s Middle-Income Base Eroding,” Boston Globe, accessed September 2015

Loh, Penn (1/28/2015). “How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in its Tracks.” Yes! Magazine, accessed February 2015

Lima, A. and M. Melnick (2014). “Boston: Measuring Diversity in a Changing City.” Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City of Boston

Logan, Tim (9/19/2015). “In Bunker Hill, Boston Tries to Reimagine Public Housing.” Boston Globe, accessed October 2015

Logan, Tim (10/20/2015). “Cambridge Housing Lottery Lures Middle Class,” Boston Globe, accessed November 2015

Logan, Tim (3/13/2016). “Boston Housing Advocates Push For Eviction Protections,” Boston Globe, accessed March 2016

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (2013). “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice: Access to Opportunities in the Commonwealth”

McArdle, Megan (3/26/2015). “My Love-Hate Relationship with Gentrification.” Bloomberg View, accessed April 2015

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) (2014). “The Dimensions of Displacement: Baseline Data for Managing Change in Somerville’s Green Line Corridor

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) (2013). “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice: Access to Opportunities in the Commonwealth

Nguyen, Sahra V. (11/17/2015). “Why Boston’s Chinatown is Losing its Asian Population: Boston’s Chinatown sees Declining Asian Population as Cost of Living Grows.” NBC News, Asian America, accessed January 2016

Pollack, Stephanie, Barry Bluestone, and Chase Billingham (2010). “Maintaining Diversity in America’s Transit-Rich Neighborhoods: Tools for Equitable Neighborhood Change.” Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University; the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Right to the City (2015). “Right to Remain, Reclaim, Rebuild Boston

Tuttle, Kate (9/7/2014). “Jim Vrabel’s ‘A People’s History of the New Boston.’” Boston Globe, accessed October 2014

Walsh, Martin J. Housing a Changing City, Boston 2030.Chapter 3, 45-70 (2014)

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Other Media Resources: Radio, Webinars & Film

American Rents Through the Roof,” (2/8/2016) from “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” NPR. Accessed February 2016

Boyajy, Adam (2015). “BNN News Interviews Eliza Parad and Kadineyse Ramize Peña.” BNN News, accessed at April 2015

Bruun, Jonas (2013). “Bushwick Gentrified, a short film.” Accessed September 2014.

In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don’t Gentrify,” (8/8/2014) from “Code Switch,” NPR. Accessed September 2014.

Clark, Krissy et al (2014-2015). York & Fig: “How gentrification flips a neighborhood,” “A look back,” “Where are they now,” “Confessions of an ambivalent landlord,” and other stories. From “Marketplace” Wealth & Poverty Series, National Public Radio, accessed August and September 2015

Defining, Debating, and Defending Gentrification,” (10/15/2015) from “On Point with Tom Ashbrook,” NPR. Accessed October 2015

Gentrification can Benefit its Poorer Residents as well as Wealthier Neighbors” (12/17/2015). NewsWorks, accessed February 2016

Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility (11/2015). “Wealth Inequality and the Tax Code: Communications and Advocacy.” Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) accessed December 2015

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