Where are the Bay Area's gentrification hot spots? In which neighborhoods are low-income residents most at risk of being pushed out due to rising real estate prices? Which areas have become exclusive enclaves unattainable to most of us?
UC Berkeley researchers assembled data on more than 2,000 census tracts in the region -- including everything from property prices and rents to density of low-income households to migration patterns -- to try to create a new portrait of gentrification and displacement dynamics. The result, released earlier this week under the auspices of UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project, is the interactive map above -- available with lots of supplementary data and case studies at the project's website.
The team, led by Karen Chapple, a professor of city and regional planning, and Miriam Zuk, a postdoctoral researcher at Cal's Center for Community Innovation, wasn't focusing specifically on displacement and gentrification.
Instead, they were trying to answer questions about the impact of policies meant to help attain state and regional goals for responding to climate change -- measures like encouraging in-fill development to help reduce sprawl and vehicle miles traveled. The takeaway is that those policies may spur gentrification and displacement -- if they are not managed carefully.