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Research Symposium on Gentrification and Neighborhood Change

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Commentaries based on papers presented at the symposium:


8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Theresa Y. Singleton, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia


Opening Remarks
Eric S. Belsky, Director, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

9:20 a.m.

Understanding Patterns and Causes of Gentrification
Panelists will present research that explores the extent of gentrification in urban neighborhoods and its causes. What are the key drivers of gentrification? Is gentrification more prevalent today than in earlier decades, and if so, why? Where does gentrification happen?

  • Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Faculty Director, Wagner School and Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, New York University

    Paper: "Does Falling Crime Spur Gentrification?"
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Discussant: Jeffrey Lin, Economic Advisor and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Paper: "What Have We Learned About the Causes of Recent Gentrification?" (Forthcoming in Cityscape)
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Moderator: Theresa Y. Singleton, Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

11:00 a.m.

Research on the Consequences of Gentrification
What are the consequences of gentrification? During this panel, participants will hear research that addresses the effects of gentrification, especially the effects on low- and moderate-income individuals and households.

  • Jeffrey Parker, Urban Doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
  • Paper: "Negotiating the Space Between Avant-Garde and 'Hip Enough': Businesses and Commercial Gentrification in Wicker Park"

Discussant: Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores, Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University

Moderator: Derek Hyra, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Address
Katherine M. O'Regan, Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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1:50 p.m.

Research on Policy Approaches to Gentrification
During this panel, participants will hear about research that addresses how to respond to gentrification and the data and tools available for practitioners to prevent displacement.

  • Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, New York University
  • Paper: "Do Vouchers Protect Residents from Displacement?"
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Discussant: Paul A. Jargowsky, Director, Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers University–Camden

Moderator: Vicki Been, Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

3:30 p.m.

Perspectives from the Practitioners: Best Practices and Case Studies on Equitable Development in Neighborhoods
This panel will reflect on strategies to encourage long-run diversity and assist vulnerable and long-term residents in neighborhoods that are gentrifying. Practitioners will share promising ideas, highlight challenges to implementation, and identify information needed to better inform policy on these issues. Practices and policies to be discussed include equitable transit-oriented development, municipal-level utility and property tax relief programs, anti-eviction/harassment initiatives, and efforts to connect tenants to opportunities.

  • Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
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  • Oramenta F. Newsome, Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Washington, D.C.
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  • Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director, Planning and Economic Development, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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  • Beth McConnell, Policy Director, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations
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Moderator: Ira Goldstein, President, Policy Solutions, Reinvestment Fund
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5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Michael Grover, Assistant Vice President, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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