HOW YOU CAN HARNESS THE FORCES OF GENTRIFICATION TO ADVANCE THE VISION OF SUSTAINABLE, EQUITABLE, MIXED-INCOME COMMUNITIES
A friendly hello can go a long way. Whether you are a long-term resident or new neighbor, it is important to build social ties and develop an inclusive sense of community in a neighborhood. New neighbors should be sensitive to the the history and existing social fabric of a gentrifying neighborhood. Long-term residents can help welcome new neighbors and include them in neighborhood traditions. Together, new and long-term residents can work together to help neighbors in need and shape an equitable future for their community.
Communities are best able to shape and benefit from new development when there are strong community organizations than can bring people together, spread information, share resources, and make demands from developers and policy makers. If a strong community organization does not exist, new and long-term residents should work together to organize for community development. Don’t know where to begin? Check out this Community Tool Box or see what resources your city has to offer.
The vision of sustainable mixed-income communities will not become a reality without people passionate about equity and social justice advocating for policy and programs needed to make that vision a reality. This advocacy can have many different manifestations, from forming a YIMBY coalition to support low-income housing development in your neighborhood to showing up to community meetings to be a voice for equitable development. Use our toolkit and national policy agenda to push elected official to develop policies and programs that enable all people to have safe homes and vibrant communities.