In 2016 Phoenix was selected as one of five cities across the country to participate in Turning the Corner – a neighborhood displacement project incubated by the The Funders Network’s Federal Reserve Philanthropy Initiative and managed by the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. In response to wide-spread concern about displacement in redeveloping low income communities, local teams in each city conducted research and engaged residents in strategic thinking about how neighborhoods in heating economies remain affordable and available for everyone.

LISC Phoenix secured Turning the Corner participation, formed a local Steering Group and continues to manage ongoing Turning the Corner activity. Each city conducted baseline research on the shifting dynamics of neighborhood change. In Phoenix, four neighborhoods either on light rail or slated for future rail service – Garfield, Booker T Washington, Eastlake and Glendale – were included in the project. Individual interviews were conducted with neighborhood residents and ASU collected data on changes in neighborhood demography and businesses. Below you’ll find the resulting interactive story map and research report. National briefs and resources have also been released by the Urban Institute.

Story Map

As central Phoenix rapidly grows, this interactive story map is a research tool to document and assess the impact of change in neighborhoods along transit corridors. It provides data that can be used by city planners, government officials, corporate leaders, philanthropy, community nonprofits and neighborhood advocates to better acknowledge shifting neighborhood patterns and create inclusive growth policies and strategies.

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Research Paper

A Study of Change and Displacement:

Exploring a methodology for predicting neighborhood changes resulting from construction of light rail

by Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business – Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning – Geospatial Research and Solutions