Westword: Denver leads the nation in Hispanic displacement from gentrification

Westword, March 29th, 2019: Denver leads the nation in Hispanic displacement from gentrification

A greater number of Hispanics, on average, are being displaced from the most rapidly gentrifying Denver neighborhoods than in any other major U.S. city.

That’s among the takeaways from “Shifting Neighborhoods: Gentrification and cultural displacement in American cities,” a new report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. And it rings true to a pair of Latino community leaders, whose organizations have experienced gentrification, too.

“In the summer of 2017, we sold our building in Baker, where we’d been for 42 years, and moved to Westwood,” notes Monique Lovato, CEO of the Mi Casa Resource Center. “So you could say, in a way, we were gentrified out, because the people we served were moving in all directions.”

Adds Mike Cortés, executive director for the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization, formerly known as LARASA, “We used to be located on the north side of Denver, up close to the Highlands, which is an area that’s still undergoing intense gentrification and densification. But we found ourselves getting distant from the people we mean to serve. So some years ago, even before it got as gentrified as it’s gotten now, we moved over to the Baker neighborhood. Then, three and a half years ago, we moved from there because, again, the people we’re driven to serve aren’t there anymore.”

Today, Cortés points out, CLLARO is “located in Montbello — a neighborhood that I’d very much like to see intact.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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

Complete the form to download the full report: