When large parks are built in historically marginalized urban areas, they can contribute to “green gentrification,” a process involving increases in housing prices and the influx of new, wealthier and often white residents in low-income communities of color. Research shows that the threat of green gentrification is real in many cities, and it can lead to the displacement of longtime residents that many park equity efforts are designed to serve. Policymakers, planners, parks and housing advocates, and local community-based organizations are increasingly recognizing this threat and taking action to limit displacement. Read Report.
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Cindy Blain, Executive Director California ReLeaf, Sacramento
Winifred Curran, Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. of Geography, DePaul University, Chicago
Enrique Huerta, Community Organizer, From Lot to Spot, Los Angeles
Emi Wang, Environmental Equity Program Manager, The Greenlining Institute, Oakland