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Community-Based Equitable Development: Reframing the Gentrification Debate 

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Denver, CO


National Civic League

Project Type:

Policy Analysis & Research

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The Project:

The National Civic League, an organization that champions civic engagement and community-based problem-solving, wanted to expand their knowledge of issues related to urban growth, gentrification, real estate, and community-based economic development. 

Our Role:

As Senior Fellow at the National Civic League, Lindsay focused her research on two primary topics related to community-based economic development: (1) gentrification patterns throughout the U.S. and (2) a case study of equitable development as a response to gentrification in Seattle, Washington. For each topic, she conducted a literature review of academic, news, and popular sources, researched best practices in community-based equitable development, and conducted interviews of key stakeholders and government officials in Seattle, Washington.


Her National Civic Review article, "We Need to Change How We Think About Gentrification" argues that equitable, community-based development - rather than neighborhood stabilization - should be the primary goal of urban planners and community developers working in historically-neglected communities. Moreover, her article, "Community-based Equitable Development: Seattle's Response to Gentrification" provides a case study of community-based economic development for local governments and community leaders to consider when addressing gentrification within neighborhoods. Both articles are available in the National Civic Review and the National Civic League's Promising Practices Database


  • "We Need to Change How We Think About Gentrification" is the most-read article on the National Civic League's website since the National Civic Review went digital in 2016. 


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