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Gentrification in Atlanta


Wednesday, June 3, 2015
St. Luke's Episcopal Church  
435 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(Free Parking for Attendees - In pay lot across from St. Luke's)

As Atlanta's economy improves, there is significant growth in residential real estate development - and with this growth, concerns about gentrification are heightened. Many in-town neighborhoods like West End, East Atlanta, Kirkwood, and Old Fourth Ward have been growing in popularity - and price - much to the dismay of some long-term residents. New investments in the Westside and along the Beltline are creating even more angst and concern about the gentrification of formerly affordable neighborhoods.

Coined in 1964 by sociologist Ruth Glass, gentrification generally refers to the process of neighborhood change when an influx of wealthier residents move to poorer neighborhoods that are undergoing increased economic investment. Simply put, development activity improves conditions, results in new assets, increases desirability and places upward pressure on rental rates and home prices. When rental rates and property taxes soar, it ceases to be a choice for low-income residents to stay in the neighborhood they call home. Many feel overwhelmed by the rapid development and changing socio-economic and racial makeup of their community. Others report a loss of community identity, cultural heritage and political clout.

But there are those who tout the benefits of such housing market activity. They point to stabilized neighborhoods, increased job opportunities, decreased crime, more attention to public infrastructure and services, increased tax revenues, and increased property values.

Beyond the challenge of creating opportunities for low-income households to remain in gentrifying communities, there's the unprecedented challenge of addressing the impact of displaced families relocating to car-dependent suburbs. Many suburban jurisdictions are lacking the program infrastructure needed to accommodate the shifting demographics. According to the Brookings Institution, Atlanta's suburban poor population rose 159% between 2000 and 2011, compared to 67% nationally. In fact, 88% of the metro area's poor live outside the city of Atlanta - a statistic surely impacted by Atlanta's ongoing issue of gentrification.

No one wants blighted, disinvested, and impoverished neighborhoods. But for many, the solution seems to be kicking the can down the road - to the suburbs. How can all parties involved examine and address the issue in a manner that serves everyone equitably? What tools are new to the gentrification response toolbox? Where is the most current and accurate data? A decade ago, the Reynoldstown community worked hard to manage the impact of gentrification. What lessons can we learn from Reynoldstown? Can we apply those lessons in new developments on the Westside and along the Beltline?

Join us at the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum as we discuss the issue of gentrification.


9:00 a.m.- Registration

9:30 a.m. - Welcome & Introductions, Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank


11:45 a.m. - Adjourn


Please bring canned or nonperishable food items for donation to
Atlanta Community Food Bank!


2015 Forums
Q1 - March 12, 2015; The State of Housing in Metro Atlanta. 
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Q2 - June 3, 2015; Gentrification in Atlanta; Download Flyer

2014 Forums
Q1 - March 5, 2014; The Nexus of Education, Communities and Housing. 
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Q2 - June 4, 2014; Concentrating Resources, Maximizing Impact; Download Flyer
Q3 - September 3, 2014; Housing, Aging and Health Agenda
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Q4 - December 3, 2014; University Roles & Relationships Download Flyer

2013 Forums
Q1 - March 6, 2013; PLACE MATTERS: Leveraging Catalytic Opportunities for Equitable Development;  DOWNLOAD FLYER     FORUM AUDIO 

Q2 - June 5, 2013- The Future of Affordable Rental Housing in the United States & Metro Atlanta; DOWNLOAD FLYER   FORUM AUDIO
Q3 - September 4, 2013- Confronting Suburban Poverty, with The Brookings Institution's Alan Berube and local panelists, Kim Anderson, Brian Lakey and Milton Little. 
Q4 - December 4, 2013 - Income Mobility: An overview of the study "The Equality of Opportunity Project" with Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University. PPT presentation   FULL REPORT

2012 Forums

Q1 - March 7, 2012 - Potential Impact of the Transportation Investment Act on Housing, Economic Development & Transit in the Metro Atlanta Region
Q2 - June 5, 2012 - This is NOT your Parents' Housing Market  Video   Presentation   Media   Flyer

Q3 - September 5, 2012 - Topic: "Who are we? How will changing demographics shape our communities?" Forum Flyer
Q4 - December 5, 2012 - Topic: "Addressing Veterans Housing Issues"    Download Flyer 

2011 Forums
Q4 - December 7, 2011 - Homelessness in Metro Atlanta
Q3 - September 7, 2011 - Seizing an Opportunity: Creating special needs housing
Q2 - June 1, 2011 - Healthy Homes, Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives
Q1 - March 2, 2011 -Housing Challenges and Opportunities in the Emerging Economic Recovery 

2010 Forums
Q4 - No Forum Held
Q3 - Sept. 1, 2010 - Transit-Oriented Development and Affordable Housing
Q2 - June 2, 2010 - The Role of Single Family Mortgage Finance in Stabilizing Metro
Q1 - March 3, 2010 - Distressed Properties in Metro Atlanta: Suffering the Consequences and Formulating Responses

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