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August 7, 2007

Beyond gentrification: the contributing factors to the housing crisis

Atlantic Yards Report

The next installment of what seems to be a series on gentrification:

Gentrification is one of several forces limiting the availability of affordable housing, as Brad Lander of the Pratt Center for Community Development explained at a discussion held in June 2006 on housing displacement, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Brooklyn. (The issue persists today, so his slides--some of which I've reproduced--and explanations remain pertinent.)

Lander cited several factors contributing to a "broad housing crisis": a "broad shift from a manufacturing economy to a service economy," along with "substantial immigration leading to rising population," all pressuring a constrained housing supply.

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Posted by lumi at August 7, 2007 7:36 AM