Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow provides access into an ongoing debate about "environmental gentrification": "Low-income communities tend to suffer from various kinds of environmental injustice, including shortage of green space. But when these concerns are addressed — the power plant closes, a park opens — the neighborhood becomes more desirable, often kickstarting a process of so-called 'environmental gentrification.'"
Researchers and advocates have proposed a "just green enough" model that "seeks to remedy injustices without introducing the fancy amenities that can radically transform a neighborhood," according to Tuhus-Dubrow.
The approach is the subject of a new paper in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, by University of California, Berkeley professor Jennifer Wolch and coauthors.
The paper concludes with recommendations for pulling off the “careful balancing act” of improving conditions without inducing environmental gentrification, including: