We look at neighborhood changes from 2000 to 2015. Our analysis proceeds in the following way: First, we use census data to identify neighborhoods that are vulnerable to gentrification. (Recall that gentrification is a phenomenon that occurs only in neighborhoods that are disadvantaged and have experienced previous levels of disinvestment.) We then look at the changes in those neighborhoods, changes in the housing stock and market, and changes in demographics that are consistent with gentrification.
Previous researchers have used many ways to measure gentrification. Sometimes, the measures chosen by researchers are controversial and become, themselves, the subject of debate. In our study we decided to use three widely recognized measures of gentrification, methods used by prominent researchers in other metropolitan settings. These methods differ from each other and represent three different ways to look at gentrification. We looked for neighborhoods where at least two of the three approaches agreed that gentrification was taking place. This, we feel, is a conservative approach to identifying gentrification.
- Click the Info icon for a legend and information about the map
- Click on an area of the map to see information about that area
- Click the Home icon to return to the map's original extent