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Those Who Stayed: The Impact of Gentrification on Longstanding Residents of East Austin

Wed, March 7, 2018
Those Who Stayed: The Impact of Gentrification on Longstanding Residents of East Austin
"Rhapsody," pays homage to the longstanding African American institutions and community buildings of East 11th Street, which was once Austin's jazz and blues mecca. Image by Wally Gobetz.

A new report is now available on the IUPRA website! Those Who Stayed: The Impact of Gentrification on Longstanding Residents of East Austin is the third in a series by IUPRA Faculty Fellow Eric Tang and Bisola Falola on the causes and impact of gentrification in East Austin.

Those who have withstood the test of gentrification to East Austin's historically black neighborhoods hold overall negative views of the changes they believe disrupted the area's sense of community, according to urban policy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

As previously reported by the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA), Austin was the only fast-growing major city in the United States to show a decline in African Americans between 2000 and 2010. The reason: Rapid gentrification to Austin's former "Negro District" - established through Jim Crow in 1928 - priced out long-term residents, uprooting and displacing them to the surrounding, more affordable suburbs.

Within the decade, East Austin's white population increased by 442 percent, the black population decreased by 66 percent and the Latino population decreased by 33 percent.

Read the rest of the official press release here.

Download and read the report here! You can also read the first and second report in the series.

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