Do Bike Lanes Bring Gentrification?
A proposed bike lane widening on N. Williams Avenue in Portland is causing a stir among residents, who see it is a step towards gentrification.
Paul M. Davis writes:
"This is only the latest salvo in a debate taking place in many of the nation's cities over bike lanes and how they affect disadvantaged communities. In Washington DC, where a 31% increase in white residents in the past decade has been met by an 11% decline in the black population, debates over gentrification have reached a fever pitch. As a recent New York Times article notes, in some DC neighborhoods bike lanes are seen to indicate the impending displacement of low-income communities..."