Flooded street in Houston, Texas.

Assessing Houston’s ‘Climate Abandonment Areas’

Most of the census tracts designated at high risk of flooding are in less affluent neighborhoods.

February 7, 2024 - Urban Edge

Dense stand of saguaro cacti in Arizona desert.

A Desert Owl Takes on a Freeway

Conservation groups in Arizona are suing to stop a freeway project that would destroy essential habitat for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl.

January 8, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Rendering of Park Station mixed-use development in Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Commentary: A Vision for Responsible Neighborhood Revitalization

The first project under Chicago’s Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance is taking shape, aiming to bring new housing and retail to the neighborhood while avoiding displacement.

December 20, 2023 - Richard Whitney

White house surrounded by several inches of tidal floodwaters.

A Different Approach to Managing Climate Displacement

As climate-driven flooding and storms put increasing pressure on coastal communities, some say the piecemeal nature of federal recovery and mitigation efforts aren’t cutting it.

December 14, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Rendering of 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. on old bridge across Anacostia River.

DC Park Aims for Equitable Development

Project leaders working on the 11th Street Bridge Park hope to prevent displacement of residents and bring economic and social benefits to the surrounding community.

November 14, 2023 - Fast Company

Aerial view of destroyed home and cars after Lahaina, Hawaii wildfires.

Displacement Fears in Lahaina

Economists warn that reconstruction could put new housing out of reach for long-time residents.

October 6, 2023 - Route Fifty

Row of white Spanish Revival-style homes in Torrance, California.

California Cities Continue Fight Against State Preemption

Lafayette City Council Member Susan Candell penned an op-ed in support of a lawsuit to invalidate Senate Bill 9 by four Southern California cities, highlighting a recent supportive court filing by UCLA economic geographer Michael Storper.

September 11, 2023 - The Mercury News

Aerial view of Atlanta BeltLine greenway with multistory buildings one ither side

How to Avoid Green Gentrification

New parks are great—but some projects displace the very people the green spaces are meant to serve.

September 11, 2023 - Next City

Aerial view of freeway interchange in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Residents Push Back on Freeway Expansion

A state plan to widen an interstate that cuts through downtown Las Vegas would displace hundreds of homes and businesses.

September 7, 2023 - Nevada Current

Collapsed road on coastal cliff in California

Lessons in ‘Planned Relocation’

How communities can manage climate-induced relocation successfully and equitably.

August 22, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Aerial view of downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Quantifying the Losses Caused by New Freeways

Data shows cities lose millions in potential property taxes when highways displace homes and businesses.

August 17, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

View of downtown Seattle across a body of water with colorful houses in the foreground

Report Links Zoning and Land Use to Structural Racism

The historically comprehensive study outlines the policies that have shaped homeownership, generational wealth, and economic development in the Puget Sound region.

August 4, 2023 - The Urbanist

View of east Baltimore, Maryland low-slung brick buildings against a lightly cloudy blue sky

A Dirty Little Secret: Rising Property Values Are Incompatible With Affordability

Rising property values come with positive community development, but this shift can make neighborhoods inaccessible to low-income renters and fixed-income homeowners.

August 4, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

Google Street view of small one-story wooden house in Sandridge, South Carolina

New Highways Are Still Tearing Communities Apart

Residents of a historic Black South Carolina town are being displaced by a road widening project.

July 28, 2023 - The Guardian

Google street view of single-story storefronts in Los Angeles

Another L.A. Gentrification Story

New art galleries are moving into a neighborhood recently dubbed ‘Melrose Hill,’ prompting both derision and concern on the part of local residents.

July 27, 2023 - Hyperallergic

Interstate 605 in Los Angeles with green freeway signs and light traffic

L.A. Freeway Expansion to Move Ahead, Sans Displacement

The 605 freeway expansion project was expected to demolish hundreds of homes and multifamily buildings.

July 23, 2023 - Streetsblog LA

Aerial view of 238 freeway in Oakland, California cutting through neighborhood with small houses

The Limitations of ‘Reconnecting Communities’

The Biden administration has pledged to correct the damage imposed on communities by highways and infrastructure, but many projects are only committing to minor improvements, not transformative changes.

May 26, 2023 - The New York Times

Tampa skyline from the water at sunset

Luxury Housing Construction and Rents on the Rise in Tampa Bay

A majority of new construction permits in the region are for high-end housing, accompanied by an increase in average rents.

May 22, 2023 - Tampa Bay Times

New York City Air Conditioners

In Defense of Rent Control

Rent control policies, widely panned by economists, have been shown to slow displacement and keep housing affordable.

May 17, 2023 - The American Prospect

Aerial view of mobile home park next to freeway in Mesa, Arizona

Arizona Zoning Reform Bills Would Protect Mobile Home Residents

Three proposed bills would increase flexibility in zoning and encourage affordable housing production, particularly near light rail.

May 17, 2023 - Arizona Mirror

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