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An academic look at rental changes and racial composition 2000-2010

Alicia Garcia, who has recently completed her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at VCU, recently started a write-up of her thesis and work on her blog:

Located in the East End of Richmond, VA, the neighborhood of Church Hill is a community that has drastically changed in the past fifteen years. Between the years of 2000 and 2010, the neighborhood saw a large increase in rental prices, an influx of white population and a decrease in poverty. This difference in rental and racial composition has happened in a spotty way. Some census tracts have seen drastic revitalization while some areas of Church Hill remain unchanged by rental prices and race.

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ann 05/23/2016 at 10:43 AM

Gentrification is “… the process in which middle class residents move into areas where the working class are residing.” To the best of my knowledge, most people in the middle class work for a living.

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LMGTFY 05/23/2016 at 10:51 AM Reply
Eric S. Huffstutler 05/23/2016 at 12:51 PM

@1 ann…she was quoting someone else and their wording was a bit awkward.

The problem is that you have either revitalization and higher rent or high crime and lower rent. There are many people struggling in-between who don’t wish to live in the projects yet can’t afford higher rent elsewhere.

There needs to be middle ground housing and not a glut of “campus” inspired apartments in which you get what most use to call studios for the cost of what was a house mortgage payment 10 years ago. Those struggling to make ends meet and work hard often live paycheck to paycheck yet their income does not adjust proportionally to the housing costs… even after years on the job.

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Matt Hillian 05/26/2016 at 1:29 PM

@Eric S. Huffstutler…one middle ground solution working in Church Hill is http://www.urban-hope.org.

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Neighbor 05/29/2016 at 11:43 AM

Here’s Alicia sharing more:
https://youtu.be/29KcGBYuYMU

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