Mapping the Displacement Risk of Opportunity Zones

An Atlanta case study.

July 20, 2020, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Atlanta, Georgia

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APD Urban Planning & Management (APD-U), an Atlanta-based planning consultant, recently completed the Atlanta Opportunity Zone Displacement Risk Analysis, GIS maps with data to illustrate the varying levels of displacement risk facing homeowners, renters, and businesses. 

Oscar Perry Abello shares news of the new analysis, providing background on the genesis of APD-U's analysis and the Opportunity Zone program. Among the findings of the analysis: the West End neighborhood in Atlanta is home to a high proportion of households and businesses vulnerable to displacement.

In Atlanta’s West End, APD-U’s analysis shows 1,161 renter households, 743 of whom are at Level 1 risk of displacement, the highest level. Meanwhile out of 251 homeowners, just 50 are at Level 1 risk of displacement.

Out of 112 businesses in the West End census tract, 78 are at Level 1 risk of displacement.

The Urban Institute released their own analysis of equity outcomes from the Opportunity Zone program so far.

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