Policy Breakfast: Exploring How Gentrification Affects Residents and Potential Policy Responses

News & Events | November 18th 2015

As rents continue to rise in neighborhoods across the city, many New Yorkers worry about their ability to stay in their homes. On Tuesday, November 17th, a panel of experts convened at NYU School of Law to consider policies aimed at protecting and assisting individual residents living in gentrifying neighborhoods. The panelists explored how demographic changes and rapid appreciation affect neighborhood residents, and whether and how city policy can help address any negative consequences.

Panelists included: 

  • Steven Banks, Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration
  • Lance Freeman, Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
  • Edward Josephson, Director of Litigation, Legal Services of New York City
  • Michelle Neugebauer, Executive Director, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Moderated by: Jessica Yager, Deputy Director of the NYU Furman Center

This event was the second of two conversations hosted by the NYU Furman Center in Fall 2015 about policy responses to rising rents in New York City. The first event, hosted in October, focused on maintaining and supporting diversity in gentrifying neighborhoods. 

A copy of the opening slide presentation from Tuesday's event can be found here. A video of the event can be found here.

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