The "G" Word

Posted by Eric Johnson (Texas) on June 16, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Gentrification is a real challenge facing several Texas cities, including Dallas.  I attempted to address the potential negative impacts of gentrification during the 85th Texas Legislature through House Bill 2480, a bill that would have provided additional tools for the City of Dallas to increase the availability of affordable housing and protect longtime residents from involuntary displacement due to this phenomenon.  Due to unfortunate circumstances, House Bill 2480 failed to pass.  Now, I am working with city leaders to address this issue at the local level.  

The following articles in D MagazineThe Dallas Morning News, and KERA describe in detail the challenges Dallas is facing in dealing with gentrification.  They also describe some ways the city might minimize its negative effects on the "housing insecure", something that needs to happen sooner rather than later.

Finally, I would refer you to an article in Governing Magazine that provides a good background on exactly what gentrification is and why it is proving to be a major challenge for cities across the United States.  Read the article here.