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Gentrification Threat Spreading in Houston, Particularly on City’s East Side

A decrease in affordable housing, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and demographic changes mean more of the city’s neighborhoods are facing gentrification challenges.
December 20, 2018, 7am PST | Camille Fink
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Gentrification Threat Spreading in Houston, Particularly on City’s East Side
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A new report from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University looks at neighborhoods in Houston that are facing the threat of gentrification or could in the future. These neighborhoods were identified through socioeconomic, housing, transportation, and location factors.

The study finds that gentrification is on the rise in Harris County, but it is distributed unevenly. Most gentrified neighborhoods are located outside of the 610 Loop. However, all neighborhoods on the east side of Houston within the loop are susceptible to future gentrification.

Communities have tried to rein in gentrification through policies including land use regulations, deed restrictions, and homestead exemptions as well as through land trusts and community engagement. "The researchers hope their work will not only shine a spotlight on the prevalence of gentrification and the problems it causes, but also help cities and communities think about how they can help low-income residents remain in their neighborhoods," reports Amy McCaig.

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Published on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Rice University News & Media
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