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What is the Nature of Gentrification and Displacement in American Cities?

The Urban Displacement Project is a research and action initiative of UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers at UCLA and Portland State University. The project aims to understand the nature of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area, Southern California and Portland. It focuses on creating tools to help communities identify the pressures surrounding them and take more effective action. Read an Executive Summary of our work. 

Updated gentrification maps

Gentrification and displacement continue to be a crisis, impacting the nine-county Bay Area and beyond. Check out our expanded, refined, and updated maps revealing the latest state of gentrification, displacement and exclusion in communities stretching across the Northern California megaregion.

Displacement Explainer Video

“Pushed Out: Displacement Today and Its Lasting Impacts” is a short explainer video that helps paint a clearer picture of displacement and its long-term impacts. Displacement is not just a one-time unfortunate event -- it has long-lasting impacts for families and their opportunities, with low-income people and people of color often being hardest hit.

Research Brief on the Consequences of Displacement

In metropolitan regions across the country, residents face constrained, expensive housing markets and rising income inequality. As neighborhoods change and housing demand shifts, landlords are presented with a new set of financial prospects. Displacement and evictions are central components of this changing landscape, altering the geography of race and class across regions.

Research Brief on Housing Production and Displacement

Debate over the relative importance of subsidized and market-rate housing production in alleviating the current housing crisis continues to preoccupy policy makers, developers and advocates. This research brief adds to the discussion by providing a nuanced analysis of the relationship between housing production, affordability and displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Literature Review on Gentrification and Displacement

In 2015, researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA completed a review of the academic and practitioner literature on gentrification, displacement and its relationship to public and private investments. The lit review was published as a working paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco available here and as an academic article in the Journal of Planning Literature available here.