NBC Boston: Boston 3rd-Most Gentrified Urban Area in US, Report Says

NBC Boston, July 9, 2020: Boston 3rd-Most Gentrified Urban Area in US, Report Says

A report released last month showed that 21.3% of Boston’s neighborhoods were gentrified between 2013 and 2017, making it the most gentrified urban area in the country behind only the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver.

“They had the largest share of their vulnerable neighborhoods that gentrified during that time period,” the report said.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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