The Causes and Effects of Environmental Gentrification: An Examination of the Impacts of the Trinity River Balanced Vision Plan
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This paper discusses the concept of environmental gentrification in the context of the Trinity River Balanced Vision Plan in the City of Dallas, which plans to create a sustainable urban park by improving flood control and enhancing the Dallas floodway with recreational amenities and transportation access. A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis of the demographic and property value changes in West Dallas, the area that borders the Dallas floodway, was conducted to detect any signs of gentrification since the adoption of the city’s visionary plan for the Trinity River corridor. Although there were some changes detected, there was no sign of any displacement occurring in these neighborhoods yet. The inclusion of a comparative case study of the Los Angeles River Revitalization and Atlanta BeltLine projects provides an illustration of how similar projects have loss affordable housing due to gentrification, as well as the mitigation measures that were taken to address this issue. The result is a review of possible mitigation and prevention strategies for preserving affordable housing during the implementation of sustainability initiatives, followed by the recommended strategies for West Dallas before the execution of the Trinity River Balanced Vision Plan.