As Bay Area cities scramble to find housing solutions to prevent displacement, a new report warns that the region is resegregating by race and class.
Urban Habitat, a nonprofit located in Oakland that focuses on equity issues, released a report this week that takes a closer look at where the demographic shifts are happening within the nine-county Bay Area, as well as Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.
"The most dramatic increases in poverty, from a regional scale, are actually happening in suburbs and cities outside of the traditional regional center," said Tony Samara, the Oakland-based group's program director for land use and housing.
Between 2000 and 2014, more people have become renters, commutes have become longer and poverty in most Bay Area cities has increased, the report says.
The report contrasts with the older American narrative of white flight and concentrated affluence in the suburbs and is meant to stimulate a regional conversation about the impact of gentrification, displacement and policy.