Since 2019, the Urban Waters Learning Network (UWLN) has been digging deeper into a topic that has long been a concern of UWLN members: the gentrification and displacement of people that we see taking place in our urban communities, oftentimes following efforts to revitalize and reinvest in the places we call home.

We are addressing these topics by surveying our network members and producing blog posts, webinars, impact stories, and other resources.

With four network leaders in 2020 and two additional in 2021, the UWLN formed the Equitable Development and Anti-Displacement Collaborative to further this work. The intention: convening a community of experts to listen, learn, and grow the body of research pertaining to equitable development resulting in additional resources for urban waters practitioners on the topics of gentrification, displacement, anti-displacement strategies, and community engagement. This work wouldn’t be possible without our amazing collaborative leaders: Alicia Smith from the Junction Coalition; Arthur Johnson from the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development; previously Daniel Wiley and currently Maria de Jesus of the Ironbound Community Corporation; Elizabeth Balladares, the Passaic River Urban Waters Federal Partnership Ambassador; Gloria McNair from Groundwork Jacksonville; and Lubna Ahmed from Groundwork Denver.

If you are working at the intersection of urban waters and anti-displacement strategies, join our Mobilize group, an online communication platform where we connect and share resources and ideas related to equitable development.


Peer Calls

Building Community Leadership as an Anti-Displacement Strategy

This recorded session examines the crucial role of advancing community education and building leadership to the development of anti-displacement strategies like preserving affordable housing and instituting other policies that keep communities in place. This panel-style discussion was moderated by two members of the Urban Waters Learning Network Equitable Development Collaborative – Arthur Johnson (Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development) and Liz Balladares (Passaic River Urban Waters Federal Partnership). Learn how community members in Newark, NJ and Houston, TX have advanced anti-displacement initiatives and equitable development policies from presenters Daniel Wiley of Ironbound Community Corporation (Newark, NJ) and Iris Gonzalez, Coalition of Environment Equity and Resilience or CEER (Houston, TX). Finally, Kate Derickson, with the CREATE Initiative, University of Minnesota, shares the Policy Toolkit: Sharing in the Benefits of a Greening City.

 

Community Wealth-Building as an Anti-Displacement Strategy

This recorded session examines the importance of building community wealth to help people stay in place and to advance equitable development initiatives.  This panel-style discussion was moderated by members of the Urban Waters Learning Network Equitable Development Collaborative Arthur Johnson (Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development) and Alicia Smith (Junction Coalition). Presenters: Janet Hales (Advocates for Basic Legal Equality) and Kattie Bond-Hancock (Lucas Metropolitan Housing).

 

 

 


Webinars

Understanding Gentrification and Displacement – The Path to Equitable Development

This recorded webinar frames the topics of gentrification and displacement and provides an example of the types of multi-sector partnerships that urban waters practitioners can create to ease displacement pressures. Presenters Paulina Lopez and Robin Schwartz from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG (Seattle, WA) share why this is an issue of concern and is one they are paying increasing attention to as a river-focused organization. Chris Schildt from PolicyLink addresses the drivers behind displacement, how gentrification and displacement are related and different, and policies and/or practices that can be enabled to ease displacement pressures. Exploring these topics further, Tony Defalco from Verde shares information about a multi-sector partnership called Living Cully. In the Cully neighborhood of Portland, Living Cully partners strive to balance environmental investments, equitable development, and anti-displacement goals.

 

Monitoring Neighborhood Change – Using Data to Track and Prevent Displacement

In this recorded webinar, the second in our Urban Waters Learning Network series on gentrification and displacement, we explore different ways data is being used by communities and decision-makers to understand displacement vulnerabilities, inform infrastructure investments and policies, predict areas at risk of gentrification and displacement, and assess equitable development plans.

 

 

 

Anti-Displacement Strategies: Environmental Restoration… Meet Affordable Housing

Building on the first 2 webinars in our series on gentrification and displacement that (1) defined the issues and (2) showed how to use data to track them, this webinar focuses on the most effective strategy to preventing displacement: protecting and expanding affordable housing.

 

 

 

 


Additional Resources

See the UWLN Equitable Development Resources list for more.

Planning Documents
Toolkits
Anti-Displacement Strategies
Other Resources