Research: Climate Mitigation and Displacement

In the face of climate crisis, cities are trying to reduce their carbon footprint through investment in transit, active transportation, parks and parkways, and infill development. Yet, these climate mitigations may create land value uplift that destabilizes communities. Our research on climate displacement examines the nature of these impacts and provides tools for communities to assess their own risk. 

Our research related to climate and displacement covers three diverse areas: climate displacement, climate mitigation, and infill development. Our climate displacement studies examine the direct impacts of climate change and disasters on residents. Our climate mitigation research shows how public investments in transit, transit-oriented development, active mobility, and parks impact community stability; we also include a set of studies on the effectiveness of regional planning for sustainability and equity. Our infill development studies examine the impact of new housing production on displacement, and the potential for both small-scale (i.e., accessory dwelling units) and urban infill.

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Rebuilding for a Resilient Recovery

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Climate Change and Displacement in the U.S. – A Review of the Literature

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Transit-Oriented Displacement or Community Dividends?

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Transit Oriented Development & Commercial Gentrification: Exploring the Linkages

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Gentrification, Displacement, and the Role of Public Investment

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Case Studies on Gentrification and Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Bicycle Infrastructure and Commercial District Change

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Assessing the Travel Demand and Co-Benefit Impacts of Affordable Transit-Oriented Developments

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Developing a New Methodology for Analyzing Potential Displacement

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Mapping Susceptibility to Gentrification: The Early Warning Toolkit

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Southwest Corridor Light Rail Extension

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Progress on Implementing Senate Bill 375: Combating Climate Change and Sprawl through Coordinated Planning

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Epistemic Communities or Forced Marriages? Evaluating Collaboration Among Sustainable Communities Initiative Regional Planning Grant Recipients

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The Impacts of the Sustainable Communities Initiative Regional Planning Grants on Planning and Equity in Three Metropolitan Regions

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Powering Regional Collaboration and Equity: HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative

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Collaboration and Equity in Regional Sustainability Planning in California: Challenges in Implementation

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Innovating the Green Economy in California Regions

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Housing Production, Filtering and Displacement: Untangling the Relationships

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Right Type, Right Place: Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development through 2030

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“Hidden” Density: The Potential of Small-Scale Infill Development

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Yes in My Backyard: Mobilizing the Market for Secondary Units

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Financing Ancillary Apartments on Residential Properties: Challenges and Solutions

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A Solution on the Ground: Assessing the Feasibility of Second Units in Unincorporated San Mateo County

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Jumpstarting the Market for Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons Learned from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver

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Implementing the Backyard Revolution: Perspectives of California’s ADU Owners

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ADUs in CA: A Revolution in Progress

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The ADU Scorecard: Center for Community Innovation Grading ADU Ordinances in California

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Reaching California’s ADU Potential: Progress to Date and the Need for ADU Finance

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Scaling up Secondary Unit Production in the East Bay

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Yes, But Will They Let Us Build? The Feasibility of Secondary Units in the East Bay