Redefining Success: Addressing Displacement Associated with Transit Extensions.
Abstract: This thesis examines linkages between transit extensions and
displacement through gentrification and explores Somerville's readiness to address
displacement associated with a proposed transit extension. Somerville, Massachusetts,
experienced economic growth and gentrification following the 1984 Red Line transit
extension to Davis Square and now is anticipating a Green Line extension. ... read moreThis study
includes a review of gentrification literature, a case study of planning for Davis Square
in Somerville prior to the Red Line extension, and recent interviews with practitioners
from the Somerville community in the areas of affordable housing, transportation, and
planning to identify measures being taken to prevent displacement associated with the
proposed Green Line extension. Displacement prevention measures are being implemented in
Somerville, suggesting that lessons learned from the 1984 transit extension are being
applied, within the limits of political feasibility and available funding.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: James Jennings.
Keyword: Urban planning.read less