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Reversing Sprawl: the Shift Back To Downtowns | Sustainable Cities Collective

Reversing Sprawl: the Shift Back To Downtowns | Sustainable Cities Collective | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
   (a factory in Baltimore re-invented as a business incubator (courtesy of EPA Smart Growth))  
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This article isn't directly about gentrification. Reverse suburbanization is causing an influx of affluent people into downtown areas, which brings in capital but threatens lower-income residents.

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Supe David Campos speeds up landlord payouts for evictions

Supe David Campos speeds up landlord payouts for evictions | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
After hearing stories of landlords rushing to evict tenants to avoid having to pay them thousands of dollars more - including one who called his office - Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday changed controversial legislation so it will take effect sooner. The proposal would require property owners who evict renters under the state Ellis Act to pay the difference between the tenant's current rent and what they would have to pay for a similar apartment for two years.

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Bringing in local news! David campos' campaign and focus on affordable housing and preventing eviction. 

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Bornstein Law & Bay Property Group's curator insight, April 16, 2014 2:35 PM

"proposal would require property owners who evict renters under the state Ellis Act to pay the difference ..." read on for more info! 

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Will "filtering" keep housing affordable? - Greater Greater Washington

Will "filtering" keep housing affordable? - Greater Greater Washington | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
Will "filtering" keep housing affordable?

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the economics of gentrification. Theory: if we build more A Class (expensive) housing, then lower-class housing will have less market incentive to improve their buildings, and therefore rents will stabilize. Interesting article!

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Backlash by the Bay: Tech Riches Alter a City

Backlash by the Bay: Tech Riches Alter a City | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
As the largess from tech companies has flowed into San Francisco, some residents say their workers are driving up housing prices and spoiling the city’s bohemian identity.
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This article provides a good overarching analysis of the effect of the tech boom. One favorite quote:

 

"The influx of wealth is, in turn, changing the tenor of neighborhoods. Fort Mason, a renovated military post on the bay, has been nicknamed “Frat Mason” for the 20-something “tech bros” — tech company salespeople, marketing employees and start-up founders — who have moved into luxury apartments there and play bocce on the great lawn."

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Google bus blocked in San Francisco gentrification protest | Reuters

Google bus blocked in San Francisco gentrification protest | Reuters | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Google Inc commuter bus was blocked in San Francisco's Mission district for about a half hour Monday morning, highlighting many residents' growing concern that an influx of...

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the influx of affluent tech workers is very threatening to sf homeowners. 

the google bus system is certainly promoting this influx...

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Bornstein Law & Bay Property Group's curator insight, December 10, 2013 5:34 PM

Reuters has picked up on the #BlockGoogleBus from the Mission in SF, as at attack on city gentrification...

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Why Oakland's Gentrification Is Not Inevitable

Why Oakland's Gentrification Is Not Inevitable | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
A new comprehensive report on gentrification in Oakland and San Francisco received much attention last week from Bay Area news outlets. But one of aspect...

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Displacement Project's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:17 AM

This article is cool because it looks at gentrification through a different, more positive light. It isn't saying that gentrification is good by any means, the displacement of communities of color is a very bad thing, but the article offers an optimistic look on how people can survive and protect themselves against gentrification. The writer explains that the communities should not be priced out, but should benefit from increased wealth and development in their neighborhoods. 

Here are some good quotes: 

 

"Cities should protect vulnerable tenants with proactive housing-code enforcement, strong laws against unfair eviction and harassment, and, if they have to move for renovation, compensation for moving costs and a guarantee they can come back when the project is finished."


"The report also calls for a citywide strategy to preserve existing affordable housing, including programs to assist low-income homeowners and homebuyers, a commitment that development will result in no net loss of housing for every income level, and regulation of the conversion of rental units to condos."


The quotes show that gentrification isn't a death notice. Governments can do more for communities of color. 


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Amy Argenal's comment, May 31, 2014 8:52 PM
Really interesting perspective!
Bornstein Law & Bay Property Group's comment, June 2, 2014 4:37 PM
Thanks for adding and sharing this thought provoking article on Oakland's gentrification. Please share with us other online articles that relate to this topic. Thank you.
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The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification

The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification @Worldcrunch Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources (RT @thomashawk: The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification - All News Is Global |

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A great quote: "But little by little, the gentrification of urban areas gained momentum and "broke the social fabric," says graffiti artist Da Cruz. Luxurious buildings flourished everywhere, driving rent prices through the roof. The arrival of rich people caused the poorest residents to leave. Part of the street art scene denounced these urban transformations."

Read the full article: The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification 
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This article draws on the more global aspect of gentrification, targeting areas in Paris and beyond. The graffiti example gives insight to the cultural component of gentrification, and how economic priorities have often bulldozed cultural essentials.

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Gentrification and Age-Old Struggles - Detroit Metro Times

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Gentrification and Age-Old Struggles
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However, gentrification and housing have become troubling as the developments begin to boom.

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S.F. mayor calls for huge boost in affordable housing funds

S.F. mayor calls for huge boost in affordable housing funds | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
Mayor Ed Lee is proposing funneling $94 million in public money over the next two years into constructing affordable housing in San Francisco as the city grapples with stratospheric rents and increased evictions driven by a booming economy that is also causing a surge in tax revenue. The mayor, however, is not planning to fund that expansion at the Municipal Transportation Agency by putting a measure on the November ballot to increase the vehicle license fee as a transportation task force Lee assembled last year recommended, said his spokeswoman, Christine Falvey. According to the MTA, the contract called for Muni workers to get 11.25 percent in raises over two years, but they would pick up a 7.5 percent pension payment now paid by the MTA. Renewable energy programThe mayor's budget, which now goes to the Board of Supervisors for weeks of wrangling, did not change Lee's decision to divert $19.5 million that had been on reserve for a renewable energy program the mayor opposes in favor of other efforts, including incentives for property owners to add solar panels. The board sent the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's budget back in protest, but Supervisor John Avalos, a main supporter of the embattled energy program, said a compromise was possible.

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"This budget will help expedite a number of those affordable projects that are just about at the point of shovels in the ground, but need help over that last hurdle, which in some cases can be financing," Lee said.  

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From around the world, stunning examples of rapid urban growth | The BuzzBuzzHome Blog

From around the world, stunning examples of rapid urban growth | The BuzzBuzzHome Blog | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
From around the world, stunning examples of rapid urban growth http://t.co/vUlNxpSQq9

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A cool and also sad visual of urbanization

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Gentrification Hasn't Been Good To Black Neighborhoods, Candidate Says

Gentrification Hasn't Been Good To Black Neighborhoods, Candidate Says | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- Bill Thompson lamented how gentrification has changed the ethnic makeup of Harlem as he strategized Wednesday how to maximize black voter turnout in the September mayoral primary. Thompson, a former comptroller who is seeking the Democratic nomination, praised the drop in crime and rise in property values in Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant, but told The Huffington Post that these neighborhoods are not necessarily better off because of gentrification.
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The article focuses on the race dynamic of gentrification. Most gentrification articles tend to focus on class-based issues, so this is definitely an important perspective. Thompson, who is running for governor, makes affordable housing a top goal in order to secure african-american voters:

 

"Speaking on the changing landscape of the city, Thompson said that in neighborhoods like Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, "people are being priced out of the neighborhoods ... and if we don’t build more affordable housing in those neighborhoods, people are going to continue to be priced out.”"

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San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood gets left behind in boom times

San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood gets left behind in boom times | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
As a new wave of tech enterprises gentrify San Francisco, a neighborhood populated by the city’s poorer residents remains gripped by drugs and crime.
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forwarded to me by amy...

important quotations: "But now a new wave of tech enterprises are moving into the city and nearby Silicon Valley, bringing with them well-paid workers who can afford to live in newer and more upscale digs and patronize pricey bars and restaurants."

quick synopsis: the tenderloin district, one of the most affordable areas in SF, is starting to feel the threat of tech workers looking for spots in the city.


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Gentrification spelled out

Gentrification spelled out | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
As upscale, high-rise condos and hipster bars opened nearby, longtime customers joked: Is this really still “the ’hood”? Not anymore.

 

In a gentrifying neighborhood in Washington D.C. that was historically African-American, Fish in the ’Hood was an iconic restaurant that captured the feel of the area.  Just this May, the storefront restaurant was renamed Fish in the Neighborhood.

Questions to Ponder: Why?  Does it matter?  What does it mean?


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This is a great article that focuses on the effects of gentrification on a single restaurant. This personal narrative reveals the lack of control that these originally lower income neighborhoods now face. 

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, September 25, 2014 5:35 PM

Gentrification deals with the forcing out of lower income residents and making space available for the more affluent. The re-naming of Fish in the 'Hood shows how gentrification forces the culture  of entire communities to change. Although this restaurant was popular before, they were forced to re-brand so they can stay in business. Gentrification exiles the poor, with that their culture. This restaurant shows that, as more upscale business open up to service the needs of more affluent citizens, any business that has the perception of being the contrary will soon be out of business. This matters because it shows how gentrification destroys communities image, and culture for the sake of increasing revenue and real estate value. What is exhibit here is not only a socio-economic shift but also a racial shift as well. This neighborhood was predominately African American before it began to gentrify, "The 'Hood" is a saying that correlates with African American culture. This restaurant's re-branding shows that they no longer can continue to bring in customers with a name that is part of the African American vernacular. Furthermore, it shows the racial trends that go with gentrification where minority culture is pushed out as more money flows in.

Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 25, 2015 11:15 AM

The article talks about a restaurant called Fish In The NeighborHood, with emphasis on Hood, that has not been affected by the gentrification that has happened in the area. He still refers to the area as "Hood" even with all the newly built building. The article also describes the process of the gentrification, and people's opinions on the name of the restaurant compared to the area.

 

This article relates to Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use because it explains the idea and process of gentrification. It gives an example of how some buildings are unaffected by the gentrified area. 

Savannah Rains's curator insight, May 27, 2015 2:50 AM

this article is taking the time to plainly spell out what gentrification is and where it is happening. Gentrification means the taking of lowe class land and making it more valuable to try and boost the overall way of life in that area. Most people are blind to this system and should take the time to learn about it. 

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Keep Our Teachers: March to End the Displacement of San Francisco's Educators! | Facebook

Keep Our Teachers: March to End the Displacement of San Francisco's Educators! | Facebook | Access to Housing | Scoop.it
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"We will march to the homes of 4 teachers who are currently facing eviction in the Mission/ Dolores area and demand that their evictions, and the evictions of all of our educators, be rescinded. "

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The new challenges for urban planners - MIT News

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The new challenges for urban planners
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In a talk at MIT on Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan called for a new wave of creative urban planning to help cities evolve during a time of economic hardship.

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The cite focuses more on the economic advantages of gentrifying a neighborhood. It discusses urbanization and the important requisites for a diverse economy. It also discusses climate change, which relate to environmental justice.

 

“The cities that can create and maintain diverse, dynamic neighborhoods, [and] can make great places, in turn draw in companies, services and investments,”

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Lily Johnston's comment, June 11, 2014 3:18 PM
It is interesting to think about how gentrification and urban planning are connected. Also, just how vital city planning is to the quality of a city.