We can’t succeed in our work to build a more equitable future if the healthiest, most climate-resilient places are accessible only to those who can afford the rent, and everyone else is excluded or forced out. On December 4th, 2018 SPARCC brought together national and community leaders working at the forefront of tackling residential, economic and cultural displacement for “Investment without Displacement”. The day-long convening explored strategies that can help cities and regions around the country achieve equitable, inclusive growth informed by the voices, needs, and interests of those communities most threatened by growing displacement pressures. Attendees leave armed left with ideas they can implement, and a network of peers they can call on when the going gets tough.
Below you’ll find more details from the event, including event materials, recorded plenary sessions, and presentations from throughout the day.
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Below you’ll find presentations from sessions throughout the event.
Here are some additional resources around displacement.
SPARCC was designed to explore the ways we can change the systems that currently shape the built environment – systems of policy-making, investment, and power which have produced and continue to exacerbate race- and place-based disparities in health risks and climate vulnerability. SPARCC seeks to boost the ability of local leaders to dramatically alter these patterns so that health, resilience, and prosperity is shared by all.
Over the past 2 years, as the six SPARCC sites worked together to share challenges and solutions in their work to create more equitable policy, practice, and investment, what became clear is that, despite their unique dynamics, the sites share a common backdrop to all their work: displacement pressure. In some of the SPARCC sites, displacement pressures are manifesting as rising and overheated housing markets that are forcing low-income communities of color out of their neighborhoods. In other sites, extreme disinvestment is the driver of displacement, prompting residents to leave rather than risk ongoing exposure to health and safety hazards and lack of economic opportunity. Overall, investments that are aiming to build regional health and resilience – transit-oriented, mixed-use development, pedestrian- and bike-friendly greenways – are compounding the uneven patterns of public and private development and investment that have systematically benefitted some while burdening others.
SPARCC is engaging in additional field-building on this body of work through its partnerships with the Urban Displacement Project and Tiffany Manuel, of Enterprise Community Partners, and Race Forward. These partnerships are aimed at building nuance into the national narrative on displacement, strengthening data-informed approaches to decision-making, and developing powerful messages that can mobilize action in support of anti-displacement policy and practice. We look forward to working with practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, investors and others who want to join in this critical work to build cities and regions where everyone can thrive.