In January of 2019, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) released its study of gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul between 2000 and 2015. “The Diversity of Gentrification: Multiple Forms of Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul” used a mixed methods approach that combined a statistical analysis of neighborhood-level data with an in-depth qualitative analysis of interviews with public officials, community leaders, and neighborhood residents. The study found significant evidence of gentrification in the two cities.
The report has helped shift the policy narrative to center anti-displacement efforts in affordable housing plans. It has resulted in CURA researchers giving multiple presentations to local government and nonprofit leaders and advising Minneapolis City Council members on affordable housing plans. CURA Senior Researcher Dr. Brittany Lewis also worked with former Congressman Keith Ellison to introduce the Equal Opportunity for Residential Representation Act (H.R. 1146) in Washington, D.C. This act proposed a grant program to fund legal representation for those facing housing-related issues. Dr. Lewis also partnered with former Congressman Ellison to write the 2018 Eviction and Housing Affordability Crisis in Minneapolis report published by his office.
Community Partners: African Career, Education, and Resource (ACER); Asamblea de Derechos Civiles; City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT); Equity in Place (EIP); Frogtown Neighborhood Association (FNA); Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia; Pangea World Theater; Parks and Power; Village Trust; and West Side Community Organization (WSCO)