Mitigating Displacement due to Gentrification: Tools for Portland, Oregon.
Abstract: Within the last two decades, several neighborhoods in Portland have
faced a dilemma familiar to many urban areas: gentrification. While the neighborhoods have
seen improvements, lower-income residents have also been displaced from their homes. This
thesis aims to help Portland mitigate, if not prevent, this kind of displacement by
examining a variety of tools that have been used towa... read morerd this end. It looks at the work
already being done in Portland and then presents mini case studies on nine tools that have
been adopted by other cities across the country. Based on this research, Portland should
pursue a new funding source for affordable housing, explore ways to manage development that
might cause displacement, and augment assistance for low-income homeowners and renters.
This thesis further draws conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of using each of
the nine tools in Portland. The hope is that this work will help Portland advance its
efforts to mitigate displacement due to gentrification.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Rachel Bratt.
Committee: Barbara Parmenter.
Keywords: Urban Planning, and Public Policy and Social Welfare.read less