Webinar: Gentrification and Displacement Near Los Angeles Rail Transit Stations

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Gentrification and Displacement Near Los Angeles Rail Transit Stations: New Evidence on Income Distributions and Moves Into and Out of Station Areas


Marlon Boarnet, Professor of Public Policy, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

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Gene Burinskiy, Researcher and PhD Candidate, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Karen Chapple, Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Event Overview

This webinar will summarize findings from a project aimed at addressing the question of "Is new rail transit associated with displacement of low-income residents in near-rail neighborhoods?" To address this question, the researchers used annual data on household locations and incomes from 1994 to 2012 to examine neighborhood income distributions and the pattern of residential moves by income in Los Angeles rail transit neighborhoods. The Los Angeles metropolitan area presents an ideal study area for analyzing transit-oriented development (TOD) and potential displacement. Since 1990, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) has opened 93 new rail-transit stations. An additional 17 are under construction.

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About the Speaker

Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and vice-president/president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. His research focuses on land use and transportation, links between land use and travel behavior and associated implications for public health and greenhouse gas emissions, urban growth patterns, and the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure. He is a fellow of the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate, and he is a fellow of the Regional Science Association International. Boarnet has advised California state agencies on greenhouse gas emission reduction in the transport sector, the World Bank on transportation access as a poverty reduction tool, and numerous public and private entities. He has been principal investigator on over two million dollars of funded research, supported by agencies that include the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Policy Research Center, the California Air Resources Board, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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