"Infill" and Gentrification

program date: 
Wed, 06/11/2014
There's increasing discussion and controversy over urban "infill" in Portland: the construction of usually block-like apartment complexes in residential neighborhoods, sometimes replacing existing houses, which are torn down. This often displaces existing renters, increases neighborhood parking problems, and doesn't necessarily solve Portland's housing problems (certainly not for houseless people...). 
The local press has been increasingly looking at this issue:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/03/neighbors_balk_as_infill_sprea.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/02/se_portland_neighborhood_fears.html
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/222034-82068-new-infill-rule-riles-up-neighbors

Here's a comprehensive planning report on the subject:
http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/events/rethink2011/documents/MakeoverMontgomeryConference_3A_PortlandInfill_cunningham.pdf

For more information on Portland Collective Housing:
http://portlandcollectivehousing.org/
Other alternatives to profit-oriented housing and land ownership:
http://community-wealth.org/content/portland-community-land-trust
http://www.proudground.org/

Al Jazeera article on "Hipster Economics" mentioned on program:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/peril-hipster-economics-2014527105521158885.html
An earlier article on same subject:
http://jezebel.com/5991570/so-hipsters-arent-the-economic-boon-some-urbanists-thought-theyd-be
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