Streetcar and Gentrification

An article in yesterday’s Trib about the Central Eastside urban renewal district quoted Sam Adams saying that additional funds were needed to lock in affordable housing in the face of the gentrification that would be created by the Streetcar and other improvements. This was part of his justification for increasing the maximum indebtedness of the district beyond the amount recommended by an advisory committee.

So today’s question is whether it is possible to do high qualify (e.g., rail) transit investments without triggering gentrification that drives out current residents?

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