UDP collaborated with the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) to assess local dynamics around gentrification, displacement, and exclusion in Memphis, in close collaboration with local partners. We hope that the resulting map of our neighborhood change typology will empower Memphis communities to better understand their trajectories and stabilize their resident population.
When UDP met with stakeholders in Memphis, they noted that the region’s cooler housing market means disinvestment-driven displacement is a primary concern, particularly in the Northside neighborhoods. However, advocates for equitable development explained that speculation, redevelopment, and commercial development are also driving gentrification in some neighborhoods, especially those close to downtown.
The UDP research team is especially grateful to our research partners at Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., regional partners at BLDG Memphis, and to all of the Memphis SPARCC affiliate organizations listed below.