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Responding to Gentrification and Displacement in Urban Communities

Registration for this webinar is closed.

Date:  Thursday, May 12, 2016
Time:  2-3 p.m. CT | 3-4 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Cities are in a period of resurgence, gaining renewed interest from people who want to live and work in urban centers. This has resulted in gentrification pressures on a number of low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods that are in or near city centers and core business districts and historically have had modest property values.

This Connecting Communities® webinar will focus on emerging research that explores how gentrification is being defined, and its causes and impact on vulnerable residents. Two practitioners will discuss practical ways to address gentrification’s effects — including displacement — on LMI people and communities. Presenters will discuss how equitable and inclusive development policies and practices have supported commercial, residential, and transit growth and community revitalization.

Speakers include:

  • Ingrid Gould Ellen, of the New York University Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, who will provide an overview of research on the drivers and effects of gentrification and displacement;
  • Harry Smith, of Dudley Neighbors Inc., a Boston-based community land trust that has been active for over 25 years, who will describe how his organization has secured affordable housing opportunities for families in the city’s rising real estate market; and
  • John Chin, of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., who will discuss preservation and revival in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood, including a new mixed-used development that will feature market-rate and affordable rentals and a community center.

Participation in this webinar is free; however, registration is required. Register for this session at the Connecting Communities website

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The Connecting Communities webinar series is a Federal Reserve System initiative intended to provide a national audience with timely information on emerging and important community and economic development topics. The webinar series complements Federal Reserve community development outreach initiatives that are conducted through Reserve bank regional offices and at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.