Affordability and displacement are of great concern to many in Austin. Tackling the problem—even in the face of rising housing costs and stagnant wages—is possible, says Karen Chapple, a nationally-recognized expert and founder of the Urban Displacement Project.
Chapple, who is also a professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkley, recently discussed solutions to issues of affordability and gentrification as part of the City of Austin’s Imagine Austin Speaker Series on July 18, titled “Tackling the Issues: Household Affordability, Displacement, and Gentrification.”
Much of the talk drew upon Chapple’s most recent work, Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development. Chapple has researched ways to minimize displacement by constructing both subsidized and market-rate housing, as well as aggressively preserving affordable units and protecting tenants’ rights. More specifically, her research has found that subsidized housing is twice as effective as market-rate housing at stemming displacement – but market-rate housing needs no subsidy.
This lecture was part of the Imagine Austin Speaker Series, which invites thought leaders to discuss various subjects promoting the vision set forth in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan through shared dialogue and mutual learning. This event was co-sponsored by the City of Austin Departments of Planning and Zoning and Neighborhood Housing and Community Development.
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