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Public Amenities & Displacement Vulnerability

This study uses Python to conduct an analysis of built environment factors and their influence displacement vulnerability in New York City, specifically at the census tract level. Communities often feel that they must make a choice between new amenities, public investment, and gentrification. Pedestrian plazas, street trees, bike lanes, and subway station improvements are all commonly understood as catalysts in the gentrification process. When there are increases in public investment, communities fear for subsequent increases in rent. Unfortunately, these public amenities that are heavily desired by community residents can be simultaneously dangerous due to potential increases in displacement pressures. Communities should not have to make the choice between public amenities that improve their livelihood and making rent payments. In this study, we explore whether—and to what extent—amenities contribute to displacement vulnerability.