Gentrification Also Hurts Shrinking Cities

Recent research calls for policies to incentivize affordable housing in the urban cores of shrinking cities like Buffalo and Cleveland, lest gentrification drive low income residents away from the resources and efficiencies found in urban density.

The article by Charlotte Hsu examines a recent study by Robert Silverman, associate professor of urban and regional planning University at Buffalo. The study starts from the perhaps surprising assumption that even shrinking cities, with their abundant vacant properties, are faced with the ill-effects of gentrification—a problem compounded by the lack of resources and infrastructure on the periphery of such metropolitan areas.

“Silverman's study, which began this winter, is funded by a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program. The project aims to identify what he calls ‘neighborhoods of opportunity’ within each of the 10 target cities.”

"Buffalo is a good example," says Silverstein in the article. "People have been leaving, but there is revitalization downtown and along the Main Street corridor. We need to protect affordable housing in these areas." That way, people can stay connected to the “resources they need to achieve success.”

Full Story: Rust Belt gentrification and how it hurts the poor

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Book cover of Where Things Are from Near to Far

Where Things Are From Near to Far

This engaging children's book about planning illustrates that "every building has its place."
$19.95

City Map Posters are in!

Available in 9 different cities.
$25.00