Variables Explanation

My Neighborhood is Struggling with...

This variable focuses on the neighborhood problems, associated with gentrification, you might be trying to address.

Access to Service Providers: applies if nonprofits that serve the homeless, the elderly, immigrants, or other vulnerable populations are being forced out of your community, or if the service providers in your community are having trouble meeting new need

Displacement: applies if people in your neighborhood are being pushed out of your neighborhood by housing prices, loss of familiar businesses, friends and family moving out, landlord exploitation, etc.

Exploitation and/or Eviction: applies if tenants in your neighborhood are having to deal with low quality or high prices because they have no where else to go and feel like they have no negotiating power with their landlord. Also applies if people are regularly being evicted so that units can be rented to higher income tenants or for demolition

Housing Affordability: applies if there is not enough housing affordable to long-time residents in your neighborhood

Losing Local Businesses: applies if long-time, locally-owned businesses are no longer able to afford operating in your neighborhood

Losing Local Jobs: applies if job opportunities for long-time residents are disappearing or if people who have been displaced from your neighborhood have trouble keeping or finding jobs

No Control Over changes: applies if the neighborhood is changing rapidly, with lots of new construction, new parks, or other planning changes, and residents feel like they have no power to shape how their neighborhood changes

Owner Buy Outs: applies if homeowners in your neighborhood are being coerced into selling their homes or are taking less than the full value of their homes

Rapid Price Increases: applies if some homes are still affordable, but rents are increasing rapidly

Trust in City Governments: applies if the neighborhood has a poor relationship with city government and does not trust that the government is paying attention to their interests

Unsafe housing: applies if housing in the neighborhood is low-quality or unsafe

I am a...

This variable brings up policies that will most benefit a particular population.

Community Member: applies if you live in a community and are trying to help it deal with gentrification. All policies benefit community members.

Homeowner: applies if you are a homeowner or are trying to help homeowners

Immigrant: applies if you are trying to help immigrants and/or non-English speakers

Local Business Owner: brings up policies that help businesses stay in communities or protect their work force

Parent: brings up policies that will most benefit children and families

Renter: brings up policies that most benefit renters

Service Providers: brings up policies that most benefit services providers like homeless shelters, food delivery services, and job placement services

My community is...

This variable focuses on stage of gentrification; different policies work better in different stages of gentrification, and these neighborhood attributes correlate to those different stages.

Changing Rapidly: mid-stage gentrification variable, applies if neighborhoods are rapidly increasing in population, changing in character, or changing physically through investment and new construction

Currently Affordable: early stage gentrification variable, applies if long-time residents are still able to find housing they can afford

Increasing in Price: early to mid-stage gentrification variable, applies if neighborhoods have begun to increase in price and become unaffordable

Losing Long-Time Residents: mid-stage gentrification variable, applies if a noticeable number of long-time residents are being displaced through high prices, eviction, loss of support networks, etc.

Mostly Long-Time Residents: early-stage gentrification variable, applies if very few long-time residents have been displaced

Mostly New Residents: late-stage gentrification variable, applies if almost all long-time residents have been displaced and replaced by residents with more power and control over neighborhood change

Receiving Displaced Persons: late-stage gentrification variable, applies when a neighborhood is receiving large numbers of residents displaced from late-stage gentrification neighborhoods

Other Community Factors:

This variable focuses on other neighborhood attributes that can impact how effective different policies are at dealing with gentrification and brings up only policies that will work in a neighborhood's particular context.

Few Transit Options: applies if a community does not have good access to effective public transit, will filter policies that require good transit to function

Lots of New Construction: applies if lots of new housing is being build, regardless of affordability level, will bring up policies that require lots of construction to function

Many Elders: applies if many residents in the community are elderly, brings up policies that benefit the elderly

No neighborhood group: applies if a neighborhood has no strong community activism group that can coordinate community meetings and negotiate with city governments and developers, filters policies that require a community group to function

Not Much New Construction: applies if a community is not building much new housing, brings up policies that are designed to work when housing is not being built

Suburban: applies if a neighborhood is located in an area that is not close to downtown and has a fairly low density of buildings, brings up policies that are designed to work in or work well for a suburban context