7 thoughts on “Gentrification Task Force Concludes Public Input Meetings

  1. Increasing density while providing a mix of housing that sets aside units for lower income residents is the key to revitalizing San Antonio’s core without pushing out current residents who could not afford to stay otherwise.

    Counter intuitive to this is the city’s lust for Local Historic Districts. LHDs freeze neighborhood development, artificially prevent increased density, and cause the huge tax increases this article claims don’t occur.

    Getting the city’s Office of Historic Preservation under control will help stop gentrification.

  2. The number of people who attended the meetings is less than one percent of the city’s population. There is no way you can consider that any sort of accomplishment. I never once saw an online survey. Nothing on Facebook directly asking for feedback. No major call to the community. Where was the outreach? And where are the statistics? Isn’t there a whole list of names and addresses of people who couldn’t pay their property taxes? Aren’t those same properties being bought by developers and equity groups?

  3. I know a lot of renters who have been displaced in the last year, either because rents going up, or landlords selling properties to investors for a quick flip.

  4. I’m both a homeowner and a renter..places like the pearl are sending rates upward in the area making it difficult for renters to find affordable places and to be a part the the exclusive area businesses are following.

  5. “Gentrification” has gotten a bad name. The real word should be “neighborhood improvement.”
    The development and upgrading of existing structures is good. Improving neighborhoods is positive.
    We shouldn’t be arguing that it’s “neighborhood improvement” (i.e. gentrification) that needs to be addressed. Instead, we need ordinances to make sure that improved neighborhoods don’t become enclaves for the wealthy only. We need ordinances to protect renters, to rein in greedy landlords, to specify that all new developments include a percentage of low-cost and workforce housing, protection for tenants who are fixed income, etc. Property owners benefit from neighborhood improvement. It’s the tenants and future tenants who are being displaced.
    We need both out state legislators and city council to address the problems/downside of neighborhood improvement.

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