What is the nature of gentrification in the Bay Area?

The Urban Displacement Project is a research and action initiative of UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, community based organizations, regional planning agencies and the State of California’s Air Resources Board. The project aims to understand the nature of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area. It focuses on creating tools to help communities identify the pressures surrounding them and take more effective action.

Regions across California began to implement their Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) in compliance with Senate Bill 375 to implement the state’s global warming act (AB32 of 2006). Since then, communities have been increasingly concerned about how new transit investment and related infill development will affect the lives of existing residents, particularly low-income communities and communities of color. With the funding from the California Air Resources Board as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Urban Displacement Project responds to these concerns by examining the relationships between investment, neighborhood change, gentrification and displacement.

What is the nature of gentrification in the Bay Area?


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