Gentrification and the Law

What You'll Learn

  • Understand federal laws governing what can be done to slow or mitigate the impacts of gentrification, including the Fair Housing Act, Community Reinvestment Act, and Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • Identify the trends in gentrification during the post-World War II years, and whether current concerns differ substantively from the past.
  • Explore unintended or undesired consequences of local government actions to slow or mitigate gentrification.

More Course Details

The legal limits on how communities can respond to gentrification pressures are often unclear. Well-meaning ideas about how to slow the process or mitigate impacts of gentrification may not be legal and others may have significant unintended consequences.

This course explores laws that impose obligations to protect America's citizens against some forms of pressure and discrimination, as well as those that prohibit certain local actions. Speakers also address the unintended consequences of different state and local initiatives.

A national land-use attorney reviews the Community Reinvestment Act, Fair Housing Act Amendments, and Americans With Disabilities Act; constitutional limits on interference with contracts or the fundamental right to buy and sell property; and additional protections adopted in California that could serve as models for others.

A national consultant discusses whether current gentrification pressures differ from the normal ebb and flow of neighborhood change, and highlights different responses to gentrification across the U.S. Another national consultant discusses successful local initiatives.

A former California Housing and Community Development Department official discusses what has and has not worked in California.