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Don't Pass Us By.

James, Ashley.

This report consists of four distinct objectives. First, primers on transit oriented development (TOD) and gentrification as an unintended consequence of TOD are provided. The purpose of these primers is to explain both processes individually as well as their relationship to each other. Second, existing conditions in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are presented, which can provide a baseline in order to analyze the area’s susceptibility to gentrification, and thus commercial displacement among the immigrant community. Third, case studies of commercial displacement as an unintended consequence of LRT within communities of color across the country are presented. These case studies provide an opportunity to discuss best practices in preventing displacement. Fourth, policies to mitigate commercial displacement in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are discussed.

The goals of this project were twofold: 1) Inform the WBCDC of the potential for commercial displacement due to Central Corridor LRT through case studies of similar communities around the country. 2) Discuss best practices to mitigate commercial displacement among the immigrant business community in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. There were several objectives that needed to be accomplished in order to achieve the goals of this project. First, research on transit-oriented development and gentrification was completed. Second, the existing community was defined through a windshield survey of current businesses. This list was given to the African Development Center, which will help the organization complete a market analysis of the neighborhood. GIS maps were created, using Hennepin County EMV data and property records to show the current land use and value within a quarter mile of the station. Demographic information was determined from 2010 Census data. Third, extensive interviews and online research of newspaper articles and community-based organizing campaigns were conducted to create case studies of commercial displacement. Fourth, policies to ensure equitable TOD were researched in order to provide a toolkit for mitigating commercial displacement in the neighborhood. The final outcome of this project is a website dedicated to case studies of commercial displacement in communities similar to Cedar-Riverside, and an analysis of best practices to guide community action in preventing it from occurring in the neighborhood.

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Conducted on behalf of West Bank Community Development Corporation. Supported by Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
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