UDP collaborated with the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) to assess local dynamics around gentrification, displacement, and exclusion in Denver, in close collaboration with local partners. We hope that the resulting map of our neighborhood change typology will empower Denver communities to better understand their trajectories and stabilize their resident population.
When UDP met with stakeholders in Denver, they explained that low-income Latinx and Black households are being displaced to parts of the region with poorer access to transit and needed services. Some neighborhoods are experiencing “churn,” or demographic shifts and racial succession that are not necessarily driven by gentrification, where neighborhoods see high rates of eviction and turnover but remain low-income instead of experiencing investment-driven gentrification. Equitable development advocates also noted that the region may see possible impacts of climate migration, with an influx of “climate migrants” projected from higher climate risk regions.
The UDP research team is especially grateful to our research partners at Colorado Futures Center (formerly Shift Research Labs), regional partners at Mile High Connects, and to all of the Denver SPARCC affiliate organizations listed below.