A common battle in the effort to build affordable housing is gentrification, which generally results in displacement of a neighborhood’s longtime residents. As property values rise, they no longer can afford to live there.

We’ve all watched this happen . . .

It starts with a few new businesses. Then a few homes are rehabbed—the owners want to live close to their workplaces, after all. This becomes the foundation for more development. More new businesses, more homes are upgraded. A new community begins to emerge that is often incompatible with the old demographic. 

In Chicago, a developer specializing in affordable housing wants to build a large complex to combat gentrification-fueled displacement in the neighborhood. Read more


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