Storm Drain: After Disaster, Communities Face Double Displacement

“Climate gentrification,” coined by Harvard’s Jesse Keenan, refers to the accelerated swell of housing costs after a storm or fire razes lower-income communities and developers rush in to erect “resilient luxury housing.” It’s also when residents of expensive coastal communities move inland away from flood zones, ratcheting up pricing in neighborhoods built on higher ground.
 
Both threaten lower-income and minority neighborhoods, which already bear the heaviest burdens of climate change. To help officials better target funding and city planning resources, the Bloomberg School’s Genee Smith is using census data and floodwater estimates to help codify and perhaps predict gentrification in vulnerable communities.
 
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health


 

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