How Climate Change and Greenspaces Can Lead to Gentrification

Some climate resilience strategies could cause a problem for residents in nearby neighborhoods. How can we bring them into the solution?

Source: Ted Eytan

The Sweaty Penguin has covered many of the benefits of adding greenspace in an urban neighborhood, building jetties or seawalls to protect a coastal community, or simply living on higher ground in a city prone to floods and hurricanes. But could these seemingly great climate resilience strategies actually cause a problem for the people living in these neighborhoods? Today, we explore what gentrification is, consider how the environment plays a role in gentrification, and wrestle with the historical injustices and economics principles that, put together, make gentrification such a challenging issue to tackle. With special guest Dr. Malo Hutson: Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

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