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Development and Displacement: A Discussion on Equitable Social Impacts

As housing prices escalate in our region, many people have been economically or physically displaced from their residences, and people of color have been disproportionately impacted as they are pushed out of neighborhoods they were historically redlined into.

Not only does displacement have negative environmental impacts as it contributes to sprawl, but it has major social ramifications as well. People who were previously rooted in their community are having to leave and this separation is painful and unhealthy both for individuals and communities. At the same time, as a region with a rapidly growing population, we must accommodate more people in urban areas. How do we develop while minimizing displacement? This discussion will grapple with this complex question, as panelists talk about creative ideas to maximize both social and environmental good through affordable housing, robust communities, and innovative policy.