The ‘G’ Word: A Special Series on Gentrification

Source: Governing, Vol. 28 no. 5, February 2015

Gentrification has accelerated in recent years, creating challenges for local leaders for years to come. …. What follows is stories that have appeared both on the web and in the print magazine exploring this issue as well as interactive maps and data tracking gentrification.

Read Governing’s national report examining gentrification in the 50 largest cities. ….

Article include:
What, Exactly, Is Gentrification?
It’s hard to define, but it’s dramatically changing the urban landscape and bringing a host of new challenges to local leaders.

Gentrification’s Not So Black and White After All
Despite complaints about well-educated white people buying up houses in low-income minority neighborhoods, recent studies show that gentrification often helps the original residents.

How D.C.’s Affordable Housing Protections Are Losing a War with Economics
In the fastest-gentrifying neighborhood in the country, some of the nation’s strongest affordable housing protections haven’t been enough to keep lower-income residents from being priced out of their homes.

The Downsides of a Neighborhood ‘Turnaround’
A former D.C. housing official gives a hard look at what worked, and what didn’t, in an award-winning redevelopment project.

Suburbs Struggle to Aid the Sprawling Poor
Poverty in suburbs now outnumbers poverty in cities, a shift that’s put a major strain on public services and is easily visible in Austin, Texas.

Some Cities Are Spurring the End of Sprawl
A new report claims there’s an historic shift in suburbs from being car-dependent to walkable places, blurring the lines between “urban” and “suburban.”

Do Cities Need Kids?
Seattle is one place trying to figure that out.

Keeping Cities from Becoming “Child-Free Zones”
With kids on the decline in urban areas, cities can make themselves more attractive to young families by building more playgrounds.

The Neighborhood Has Gentrified, But Where’s the Grocery Store?
In many gentrifying neighborhoods, attracting new residents and restaurants is the easy part. Finding the right mix of retail is much harder.

From Vacant to Vibrant: Cincinnati’s Urban Transformation
How a lot of money and a little luck brought one of the nation’s most dangerous neighborhoods back to life.

Just Green Enough
Sprucing up a park can spur unintended gentrification. Is there a way to green a neighborhood without displacing its residents?

Can Cities Change the Face of Biking?
There’s a growing trend of teaching young people (especially those from demographic groups that historically haven’t embraced biking) how to repair and ride bikes.