Building Community Leadership as An Anti-Displacement Strategy

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Urban waters’ practitioners need to consider gentrification and displacement in their work. Greening neighborhoods and improving water quality in urban rivers is intended to create healthier neighborhoods, yet the impact on historically marginalized communities isn’t always positive as environmental improvements can also raise the cost of living in a region. In some cases, greening results in further marginalization.

Members of the Urban Waters Learning Network Equitable Development Collaborative hosted this recorded session about Community Education and Leadership in March 2021. Advancing community education and building leadership is a crucial step in the development of anti-displacement strategies, like preserving affordable housing and other policies that keep communities in place.

Moderators: Arthur Johnson (Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development) and Liz Balladares (Passaic River Urban Waters Federal Partnership).

Panelists: Daniel Wiley, Ironbound Community Corporation (Newark, NJ); Iris Gonzalez, Coalition of Environment Equity and Resilience (Houston, TX) and Kate Derickson, CREATE Initiative (University of Minnesota).

Also find the recording and more resources on River Network’s page, Essential Knowledge: Gentrification and Anti-displacement.

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