Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Monday's Trib had an interesting article about community gentrification based on a recent study released from CURL, the Center for Urban Research and Learning, at Loyola University in Chicago. The study describes how new residential development and increased housing costs can displace some residents while attracting new ones. Their fear is that skyrocketing property values and taxes could displace the elderly on fixed incomes, low-income residents, working-class residents and even some middle-class ones.

Among other things, the report recommends initiatives that foster face-to-face contact among neighbors, a citywide community service curriculum to aid in interracial and ethnic understanding, and policies that can break the "damaging cycle" of displacement by keeping low-income families in their communities.

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