Gentrification can be complicated. A white woman looking to make a buck off the results of systemic racism and urban disinvestment isn’t.
Market rate development is an important tool for fighting for affordability. But have we focused on it at the expense of developing the other necessary tools?
When we focus on demand-side approaches to housing affordability, we inevitably tell low income residents that a lack of public services is in their best interest. That’s unacceptable.
Supporting Main Street is a penny-foolish but pound-wise way of structuring local economies.