On The Ground Research
We used quantitative analysis to identify three neighborhoods in each city with high numbers of vulnerable residents. These residents often lack the social and political power needed to resist displacement.
We conducted neighborhood inventories in which we looked for signs of disinvestment, new development, resistance to gentrification, and problems associated with instability and displacement.
We interviewed public officials, planners, affordable housing developers, homeless service providers, and grassroots coalitions to learn more about the unique patterns of gentrification in each city.
We asked specifically about existing programs and policies to address housing instability and learned about potential constraints on new policy, such as state laws and political environments.