It is increasingly important for urban waters’ practitioners to consider gentrification and displacement in their work. Greening neighborhoods and improving water quality in urban waterways is intended to create healthier neighborhoods, yet the impact on historically marginalized communities isn’t always positive. Environmental improvements can also raise the cost of living in a region; and in some cases, greening results in further marginalization. Watch this peer exchange about community partnerships and actions to fight displacement which includes expert speakers–Cameron Herrington and Mayra Torres–from Living Cully, a multi-organization partnership based in Portland, OR. The speakers share information about the partnership as well as actions to preserve affordable housing and a proposed “Community-Led Development District” which aims to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in Portland’s Cully neighborhood to fund community-led projects. The peer call also includes a discussion between members of the Urban Waters Learning Network Equitable Development Collaborative and our speakers.
Moderators: Arthur Johnson (Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development) and Lubna Ahmed (Groundwork Denver)