OPINION: Urban greening is good for the environment. Let’s make sure it’s good for local residents, too.

These four strategies can help cities foster environmentally friendly urban renewal while avoiding gentrification.

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Ensia
Jan 23, 2018 · 4 min read
Illustration by Sean Quinn

In all cases, local residents were displaced because demand for housing outpaced supply, resulting in increases in rent and other expenses that exceed what they could afford.

First and foremost, developers should engage community members to include their needs and wants.

Developers need to keep front and center two questions: “What is the intended result?” and “For whom?”

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