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Loukaitou-Sideris on Gentrification Near Transit

Urban Planning Professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris was featured in a Smart Cities Dive article about the growth of transit-oriented development in cities across the country. As transit ridership has declined and housing costs increase, cities have looked to mixed-use projects near bus and rail stations. This type of transit-oriented development aims to provide more housing and retail while making it easier for people to take trips on public transportation instead of by car. However, Loukaitou-Sideris pointed out that such developments sometimes replace affordable housing with luxury units where residents don’t use transit. According to her research, neighborhoods with transit stations are more likely to be gentrified than neighborhoods without. “What we are arguing is not to stop transit-oriented development because it can bring along the positives, but finding ways through policy to protect existing residents of these neighborhoods from displacement,” Loukaitou-Sideris said. She suggested anti-displacement measures such as rent control and eviction assistance for tenants.

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