If there’s one common thread in the “Beyond Gentrification” project I worked on over the last year, it’s the American middle class is under assault.
A quick recap: I was fortunate to be a part of a fantastic symposium last week, called Policies to Promote Inclusive Urban Growth. It was held in Dallas at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University, and the event also served as the public release of a report which I worked on, Beyond Gentrification: Towards More Equitable Urban Growth, published by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism (If you get a chance I encourage you to check out the video of the event, found at the first link above). The report took a look a recent development activity and their impacts in three very different cities: Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas. Each city has had some measure of urban success, but each has had significant failures that, if left unaddressed, threaten the very future of the cities.