National Conversation Blog
Achieving Smart Growth for Everyone
September 25, 2012
Jen Horton, Policy and Planning Fellow, US EPA, for the Smart Growth Network
One negative consequence of economic redevelopment can be displacement of local residents and businesses due to rising costs of housing and commercial spaces. This blog post reviews two authors’ approaches to helping communities plan and develop in more equitable ways.
A Bay Area Agenda for Investment without Displacement
This paper, submitted in response to the National Conversation’s call for papers, outlines specific steps regional and local governments can take to achieve economic development that also benefits vulnerable communities. The recommendations were developed by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Causa Justa::Just Cause, Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO), PolicyLink, Public Advocates, and Urban Habitat. Although the recommendations are tailored to California’s Bay Area, the paper is relevant to any local or regional government or organization interested in more equitable forms of development.
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