Research Report Turning the Corner Project Overview: Monitoring Neighborhood Change to Prevent Displacement in Five Cities
Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Mychal Cohen, Diane K. Levy
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Launched in January 2016, Turning the Corner: Monitoring Neighborhood Change to Prevent Displacement piloted a research model in five cities to monitor neighborhood change, drive informed government action, and support displacement prevention and inclusive revitalization. The project was motivated by a desire to understand neighborhood revitalization and related displacement pressures in cities with recovering or moderately strong housing markets. Local participating sites included Buffalo, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Phoenix, Arizona; and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Minnesota. See the list below for the project’s other publications: two briefs with cross-site lessons and recommendations and a guide on data for measuring neighborhood change.

This report provides an overview of the project and then summarizes each site’s activities and insights. Local project teams selected two to four focus neighborhoods where rising housing prices were increasing the risk of displacement among longer-term residents or already were displacing residents. They used quantitative and qualitative data to examine aspects of change in these neighborhoods; explore types of displacement, such as residential, cultural, and commercial; and consider practical applications of research to urgent program and policy questions.

The Turning the Corner project was guided by the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) and the Federal Reserve-Philanthropy Initiative, a collaboration between the Restoring Prosperity in Older Industrial Cities Working Group of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and several Federal Reserve district banks.  For more information, visit NNIP’s Turning the Corner project website.

Other project publications

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Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Housing
Tags Inequality and mobility Community and economic development Racial barriers to housing Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Structural racism in civil society and civic participation Neighborhood change National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Cities Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Michigan City-La Porte, IN Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
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